Dental Inlays and Onlays are defined as the restorations used to repair decayed teeth (mild to moderate), which are cracked and fractured but not wholly damaged. An Inlay is mostly constructed from gold, porcelain, or other metal and then cemented into the prepared cavity of the tooth to give a natural look. An Inlay covers one or more cusp and adjoining occlusal surface of the tooth. Traditionally, Inlays were used instead of dental fillings to replace a small amount of decayed tooth loss. Like fillings, Inlays fit inside the tooth and were made only of gold. The candidates having too much damage in the tooth structure used to get their teeth filling. Still, for the patients who have sufficient healthy teeth remaining, it allows the dentist to conserve the patient’s original tooth structure.
Both Inlays and Onlays can be alternately termed as ‘indirect’ fillings because they are created by the dentist outside the mouth and then bonded to the tooth. This process is just the opposite of ‘direct’ filling, which is applied directly to the cavity in a single office visit.
Why choose Inlays and Onlays over metal fillings?
- Inlays and Onlays are durable and last up to 30 years as they are made from sturdy, hard-wearing materials.
- They are designed to strengthen teeth up to 75%, while in contrast, the traditional metal fillings decrease the strength of the teeth by up to 50%.
- Inlays and Onlays help in preventing the need for more dental treatment in the future.
- Dental inlays and Onlays are done to replace the old fillings for better longevity.
What Is The Procedure Of Inlays and Onlays?
It is our primary aim to keep the natural tooth structure as possible; Inlays and Onlays are recommended for tooth restoration instead of crowns. In the first step, the dental professional makes sure about numbing the tooth and surrounding area with a local anesthetic and then removes the decay. This process is performed to deal with the decayed tooth, which may augment the level of infection.
Usually, you need two office visits for the Inlays and Onlays treatment to be completed and to be finally bonded with the damaged area of the tooth. Inlays and Onlays are done through similar procedures. During the surgery, the dentist removes the old fillings under local anesthesia and takes an impression of the damaged tooth, which needs to be sent to the dental laboratory. And this mold helps in creating a Dental Inlay or Onlay that will fit your tooth perfectly. The Inlays or Onlays are then cemented into place at the next appointment. The Inlays or Onlays sit peacefully with the damaged tooth and the rest of the teeth to have a natural and uniform appearance of the face and mouth. For your information, Inlays or Onlays are usually made from porcelain, which nearly matches the natural tooth color, but they can also be designed from composite resin or gold.
It takes about an hour of each visit to the dentist. In the first appointment, it may take a slightly long time due to the preparation process. And there may be a little discomfort after the Inlays or Onlays procedure. You may feel a bit odd in the tooth surface and sore teeth tissue. Still, it gets adjusted in a few days. And the dentist may provide you with painkillers if you feel some more pain after the treatment.
To sum up, we can say that Inlays or Onlays are durable, having better longevity, and require less care than any other tooth treatments. There are times when a tooth becomes damaged, which is too extensive to be treated with a simple filling, but not broad enough to need a full-coverage crown. In this case, an Inlay or Onlay tooth treatment works as a panacea to restore your teeth. But yes, you need to do conscientious brushing and flossing daily. Also, it calls for regular professional cleanings at the dental office to make sure your restoration lasts for years to come. An Inlay or Onlay is mostly similar to crown treatment, but it is not as natural as Inlays and Onlays. If you are interested in learning more about dental Inlays & Onlays, and what procedure is best for you, please reach us at our office to get the best Prosthodontist for you today!
At Dr. Mohamed Ali’s office, San Francisco, he will thoroughly assess your mouth before recommending Inlays or Onlays for you, considering your dental issues. If required, he might suggest some alternatives which are best suited for your needs. The billing experts will inspect your insurance benefits and will offer you a complete treatment plan with all the necessary arrangements. Every major dental and medical PPO insurance plans are accepted, including Medicare. There is also an in-office Plan for Health for those who don’t have any insurance. Also, we have partnered with various financial institutions like The Lending Club, Care Credit, Healthcare Finance Solutions, to make your treatment extremely affordable. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. So sit, relax, and get your treatment. Call us today to schedule your consultation. You can reach us at 415.391.7751.