INLAYS & ONLAYS

When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface has been damaged, your dentist may use an inlay or onlay. They can be made of porcelain, gold or composite resin that’s bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay is similar to a filling and is applied inside the cusp of the tooth while an onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, extending out over the cusp of the tooth.

Traditional fillings can significantly reduce the strength of your natural tooth. But as inlays and onlays are bonded directly to the tooth with the help of a high-strength resin, they can increase its strength by up to 75%. In cases where damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to require an entire crown, an onlay can provide a good alternative.

Gold has traditionally been the most popular material used for inlays and onlays but porcelain is now becoming the material of choice thanks to its strength and color, which can match the natural color of your teeth.

HOW ARE INLAYS AND ONLAYS APPLIED?

It usually only requires two appointments for this procedure, with the first visiting involving the replacement of the filling or the removal of the damaged and decaying area of the tooth. The tooth is then prepared for the inlay or onlay and an impression of the tooth is made by the dentist and sent to a lab for fabrication. A temporary sealant will then be applied to the tooth and a follow-up appointment scheduled.

At the second appointment, the temporary sealant will be removed and your dentist will ensure that the inlay or onlay fits correctly. If so, they will bond it to the tooth with a strong resin and polish it to a smooth finish.

HOW ARE INLAYS AND ONLAYS APPLIED?

It usually only requires two appointments for this procedure, with the first visiting involving the replacement of the filling or the removal of the damaged and decaying area of the tooth. The tooth is then prepared for the inlay or onlay and an impression of the tooth is made by the dentist and sent to a lab for fabrication. A temporary sealant will then be applied to the tooth and a follow-up appointment scheduled.

At the second appointment, the temporary sealant will be removed and your dentist will ensure that the inlay or onlay fits correctly. If so, they will bond it to the tooth with a strong resin and polish it to a smooth finish.

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