Here at Woodcreek Dental we use inlays and onlays as alternatives to fillings. Dental inlays and onlays refer to the restorations that are used to repair rear teeth that have little cracks or decay. They help to preserve the natural structure of a tooth. Inlays and onlays also eliminate the need to use a crown, after a decayed tooth has been treated.
The inlays and onlays can also be inserted when older fillings have become worn out and need to be replaced. An inlay is a prosthetic solid tooth device that is inserted into the cavity left after decayed material has been extracted from the tooth. Inlays are used when the cusps of the teeth have not been damaged. Onlays are similar prosthetic devices as inlays, but they are used on teeth whose cusp is damaged. Their top is designed like a cusp.
Inlays and Onlays Procedure
Our dentist installs inlays or onlays within not more than two appointments. The procedure for installing both devices is quite similar. The only difference between the two is when they are being modeled.
In the case of decay, our dentist has first to treat the tooth to remove all the decayed material. If it is a case of a fractured or chipped tooth, the dentist will file it to give it a perfect shape in readiness for the inlay or onlay. A mold of the prepared tooth will then be taken and sent to our lab so that the inlay or onlay is customized for you. You will have to utilize a temporary insert before the prosthetic piece is completed.
The temporary insert is removed during your next appointment. The dentist then ensures that the inlay or onlay fits accurately. A strong resin adhesive is used to bond the inlay or onlay, but only when a perfect fit is achieved. To facilitate a smooth and pleasing aesthetically finish, an inlay and onlay treatment are completed with polish.
The procedure is normally conducted while the patient is under local anesthesia. You have to be numb so that you do not experience pain or discomfort during the drilling. Inlays and onlays can be made of ceramic, porcelain, gold or silver. The material usually depends on how much money you are willing to spend on the prosthetics.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays as Compared to Metal Fillings
The inlays and onlays are made of tough and hardwearing materials, therefore, are durable and long-lasting. Also, tooth life is prolonged by the use of inlays and onlays. This reduces the need for future dental procedures. Inlays and onlays also help to strengthen the tooth by almost 75% as compared to the traditional metal fillings. The traditional metal fillings decrease the strength of the teeth by up to 50 percent.
Dental inlays and onlays are essential procedures that facilitate the treatment of damaged or cracked teeth. They are durable and cost-effective. Call Woodcreek Dental at (805) 482-6389 today and speak with one of our team about inlays and onlays. They might be just what you need to solve your dental problems.