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Inlays & Onlays

Tooth Treatment

If you have a tooth that has been damaged or has decay, it’s vital that the tooth be treated as soon as it is possible. While prevention is better than any treatment, the sooner that you do treat decay, the better your potential is for being able to preserve the natural tooth.

When treatment is delayed, whether for decay or for damage, this delay can often lead to the patient being in need of root canal therapy. It can also lead to an abscess or the loss of the tooth.

    Inlays & Onlays

    What are inlays and onlays?

    The easiest way to understand what dental inlays and dental onlays are is to consider them to be the treatment option between a dental filling and root canal treatments. There may be some situations where the damage to a tooth may be beyond what a simply filling can remedy, but also be not quite as severe as to warrant getting a full crown placed over the tooth.

    Inlays and onlays are laboratory-made fillings that are made using tooth-coloured porcelain. The dental inlays are used to replace the central chewing surface of molars and other back teeth. Dental onlays replace larger areas of the tooth, which could include the central chewing areas and one or more of the cusps.

    What are inlays and onlays used for?

    Porcelain inlays and onlays are a restoration option for damaged teeth that only have mild to moderate damage. If you have a small cavity, it’ll most often be filled using a dental composite material that will restore functionality to the tooth while also protecting it from further damage. Standard fillings are most often completed in one visit to the clinic.

    Are there any other options?

    When a tooth has been struck hard enough to sustain damage, or is suffering extensive decay, there are not many options that will help to preserve the natural tooth.

    Comparing inlays and onlays vs. crowns will allow you to see that sometimes a crown simply isn’t needed to protect the tooth. It can be an option in some situations, but quite often the cost differences are enough to make the crown the less likely candidate.

    It’s always important to remember that if you don’t take the time to treat the damage and decay to your tooth, you may very well be facing root canal treatment or the total loss of the tooth if the decay is allowed to progress unchecked.

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    Compared to that filling made from a composite inlays and onlays made from porcelain often require two visits to the clinic. The first will be the visit during which the impression of the tooth will be made. The second will be the visit dring which the inlay or onlay will be affixed to the tooth.

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    What is the procedure for getting inlays and onlays?

    A routine filling can be taken care of with just one procedure. The process of getting inlays and onlays is a two-stage procedure. The tooth that is damaged, along with the gum surrounding the tooth, will be numbed so that there is no pain felt during the procedure.

    A mould will be made from an impression of the damaged tooth. This mould is what will be used to produce either the inlay or the onlay that will be affixed to your tooth.

    The second part of the procedure will be when your dentist fits the prosthetic to the tooth. Prior to bonding it to your natural tooth, your dentist will make any minor adjustments so that you are assured of a comfortable fit and a natural bite.

    The inlay or onlay will then be permanently affixed to the tooth, and polished so that it looks beautifully natural.

    What are the advantages to inlays and onlays?

    There are several advantages to opting for dental inlays or dental inlays, versus crowns. Perhaps the primary consideration for many patients is that the inlays and onlays can offer a more budget-friendly option than a crown can.
    You are still afforded the protection that the tooth needs, without the need to pay for a full crown.

    Inlays and onlays will give your tooth the strength and durability that is needed to stand up to the force of chewing. Your tooth will be restored, with a natural look.

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