Inlays and onlays are one of the most recommended dental solutions for minor to moderate tooth damage or decay. They act as a great alternative to dental fillings when it comes to restoring a decayed tooth.
The term inlay is used when the filling is applied at the center of the damaged tooth, and an onlay when there is a need to provide full coverage or protection on the entire biting surface of the tooth.
What are the advantages of inlays and onlays over metal fillings?
- Inlays and onlays are known to be long-lasting solutions.
- They offer much more protection compared to metal fillings.
- You won’t have to worry about stains and discolorations when you choose inlays and onlays.
- They provide better protection for your teeth against bacteria compared to a conventional composite filling.
The Procedure of Installing an Inlay or Onlay
The application of inlays and onlays normally requires at least two dental appointments. During the first session, the affected tooth is prepared for the application of the restoration by removing the decayed part. This step will involve the use of local anesthesia for a painless procedure. After the tooth is cleaned, we will take an impression of the tooth so that the restoration can be created in the laboratory based on the shape of your tooth. Meanwhile, a temporary restoration will be used to provide protection for the treated tooth. The next step involves bonding of the inlay and onlay to the affected tooth. After ensuring that it fits perfectly, the tooth will be polished. Maintaining proper oral hygiene is a must to ensure the longevity of your restorations.
For more information on inlays and onlays, you can call Hermitage Dental Group at (615) 241-6461.