Why do we need inlays and onlays?
Damage to teeth can quickly escalate and cause loss of that tooth as well as excruciating pain. That is why it is advisable to visit the dentist immediately to avoid permanent damage. In case of less severe decay or damage to teeth, or the cracking or fracturing of teeth, your dentist may advise dental inlays and onlays instead of a crown. Dental inlays and onlays are recommended for patients who are not candidates for a dental filling due to excessive damage and still do not have enough damage to get crowns.
What are inlays and onlays?
Dental inlays are like fillings and fit within the edges of the damaged tooth while a dental onlay can go over the edges of the tooth. At times, your dentist may remove old and damaged fillings and replace them with an inlay or onlay.
The procedure to get dental inlays and onlays can take two appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine the affected tooth before numbing it with a local anesthetic, if required, and removing decayed tissue. Once the tooth has been treated and cleaned of decay, an impression of the tooth is taken using molds. An inlay or onlay is custom made in a dental laboratory on the basis of the dental impression which can take some time during which time the dentist will put a temporary restoration in your tooth. Inlays and onlays are traditionally made of porcelain but can also be made of gold or composite resin material. During the next appointment, the temporary restoration is removed and the inlay or onlay is bonded to the tooth using a resin adhesive. The dentist will finish the process by polishing the tooth and the restoration to give it a more natural appearance.
Inlays and onlays have many advantages over other dental restorations. Inlays and onlays can last decades as they are made from durable materials and are not damaged by normal wear and tear. Unlike metal fillings which can actually weaken the tooth structure, inlays and onlays actually strengthen the teeth and are hence a much safer choice. They also reduce the need for more dental work in the future by extending the life of the tooth.
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