Inlays and onlays are cosmetic restorations (an alternative to fillings) that help teeth maintain their natural look and form. These types of restorations are mainly recommended for patients who suffer from tooth decay, or to repair teeth with mild to moderate level of cracks or fractures.
It is also considered as a minimally invasive method of treating dental decay where the patient would not require a dental crown. The procedure would involve removing decay, filling the inlay inside the tooth and applying the onlay which is more like a sealant on the surface of your tooth.
What are the benefits of having inlays and onlays?
When compared to metal fillings, inlays and onlays are simply a great type of restoration for several reasons:
- They are strong and durable
- They help strengthen teeth
- They minimize the need for expensive treatment in the future
Inlays and onlays can also be used to replace an old filling. Inlays are more like fillings and can restore the inner cusp of the tooth. Onlays treat the outer cusp of the tooth.
What is the procedure involved in getting inlays and onlays?
The normal procedure involved in placing an inlay and onlay requires two appointments to the dentist.
During the first visit, the dentist would collect impressions of the teeth that require restoration (damaged teeth). Your customized inlay and onlay would be designed in the labs. They are mostly made out of porcelain as it closely matches the color of the natural teeth.
Until the permanent restorations are ready, the dentist would place a temporary restoration to protect your teeth until the next appointment.
During the second appointment, the dentist would remove the temporary restoration and trail the newly designed ones over the damaged teeth for a perfect fit. The dentist would then bond them to the teeth with a strong adhesive. After bonding inlays and onlays in place, it would be polished to ensure a smooth finish.
To get the best of our cosmetic dental services, request an appointment with Dr. Tognotti by calling our office at (925) 934 2066 or by placing an appointment online.