Inlays and Onlays are effective in repairing damaged teeth
An alternative to fillings, Inlays & Onlays are restorative options for teeth that have lost some of the overall structure due to decay or trauma. They can be produced from either gold, composite or porcelain materials.
Difference Between Inlays and Onlays
Although they are similar to traditional dental fillings, both inlays and onlays are cemented into place.
The onlays are large in size and sit on the top of the tooth structure. In most cases, they are referred to as partial crowns as they look the same without having to lose much of the tooth structure.
The inlays are smaller inside and are inserted within the bumpy area of the biting surface on the tooth (also known as the cusps).
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
The benefits for choosing inlays or onlays over other fillings include:
- Less expensive compared to traditional fillings
- Reduced amount of tooth’s natural structure is removed
- Can be made to blend in with your smile
- More durable and long-lasting. With healthy oral hygiene, they can last up to 30 years.
- Can improve the overall strength of weakened teeth
Procedure for Inlays and Onlays
With any dental procedure, it is always important to book in for a consultation so the dentist can discuss which option is best for the condition of the tooth.
For this procedure, only two appointments are required. The procedure can usually take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.
The first appointment – During the initial appointment, the dentist will clean the area thoroughly while also removing any old fillings that have been applied previously. Once all clean, an impression of the tooth will be taken and sent to the laboratory. This is where the inlay or onlay is made. A temporary fixture is applied in the area until the completed inlay or onlay returns from the lab.
The second appointment – This is when the temporary fixture that was previously installed is removed and the newly constructed inlay or onlay is fitted.
Post fitment appointment
Post the fitting of the onlay or inlay, it is recommended that no eating should occur on the tooth. In some cases, a liquid diet may be recommended by your dentist depending on the situation. Anything that is sticky (including sweets) should most definitely be avoided as consuming can result in the inlay or onlay being pulled out.
If you are considering inlays or onlays and want more information about the procedure, contact our experienced team today.