Inlays and onlays are typically used for restoring teeth that are damaged by cavities and dental decay. They are a more conservative treatment option as compared to crowns and are also called ‘indirect fillings’.
A large percentage of the American population that has developed tooth decay (minor or moderate) chooses traditional dental fillings and crowns for repairing decayed teeth. However, many of these patients are unaware that porcelain inlays and onlays could also be a brilliant option for tooth restoration.
Both inlays and onlays are created in a dental lab. These are cemented onto the tooth surface at the dentist’s office. Unlike regular fillings, onlays and inlays will not weaken your tooth structure; in fact, they will strengthen it. Once the procedure is completed, your tooth might be able to chew up to 75 percent better!
Dr. Haghverdian at Smile Dental Practice, in Glendale, specializes in restoring damaged teeth with inlays and onlays. Here are some of the key benefits of inlays and onlays:
While using inlays and onlays for restorations, we will not remove any significant part of the natural structure of your tooth. This means that your tooth or teeth are largely preserved during the treatment.
As compared to crowns and dental fillings, onlays and inlays are made of more durable and stronger materials. They usually last for a longer period of time while providing additional support and strength to the damaged teeth.
Another advantage of onlays and inlays over crowns and dental fillings is that they have greater resistance to tooth discoloration and stains.
Porcelain inlays and onlays may be colored to perfectly match the current tooth. Therefore, they look absolutely natural and are a lot more aesthetically appealing than amalgam or metal. Further, porcelain inlays and onlays tend to feel and work exactly like the patient’s natural teeth.
It isn’t unusual for dental fillings to contract and expand in response to changes in temperature. Inlays and onlays, on the other hand, are customized before being fitted inside the patient’s mouth. Hence, they offer a better and more comfortable fit as compared to fillings. Additionally, onlays and inlays are also perfect for treating any decay in tight spaces.
Dental inlays essentially restore the chewing surface of teeth. At Smile Dental Practice we can create inlays with composite resin or colored porcelain (to match your natural tooth color). Some patients may also choose inlays made of gold. In most cases, porcelain inlays will last longer than amalgam or composite fillings.
The dental inlay is created in a laboratory using precise specifications from the damaged tooth. The restoration procedure is begun by removing the damaged part of the tooth that requires an inlay. we will then create a custom impression of the tooth so that it can be sent to the lab. The lab will use porcelain that matches your tooth shade in order to create the dental inlay. Hence, you will get a perfectly blended dental porcelain composite.
When you visit Smile Dental Practice for your dental onlay procedure, our dentists will first create an impression of the damaged tooth in a mold and this will be delivered to the laboratory. we may also create a temporary onlay in the first visit in order to protect the tooth until the permanent onlay is created and positioned in the mouth.
In your follow-up visit, we will remove the provisional onlay and replace it with the permanent one. we will complete the procedure by examining your bite. This helps to check if the onlay is tight and smooth. A dental onlay is designed for a perfect fit and this means that an onlay is a lot simpler to clean than a crown.
At Smile Dental Practice, we can determine your candidacy for the procedure during the initial consultation. The health, function, durability, and appearance of your damaged tooth can be restored with porcelain inlays and onlays. There is only a slight difference between inlays and onlays. Inlays will be placed over the indented surface of the damaged or decayed teeth, while onlays are positioned on the cusps of the teeth.
Wondering whether inlays and onlays are a good treatment option for you? Let our team of dental professionals help you make the right decision. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation at Smile Dental Practice in Glendale.
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