If your tooth is extensively damaged so that fillings would not work, your best option might be an inlay or onlay. Come to our offices at Atlantic Dentistry for our dental specialists to examine your tooth condition and place either an inlay or onlay. Both inlays and onlays are fabricated in a laboratory and then fused onto your teeth. An inlay describes an indirect filling that is fitted into the cusps of a tooth. But an onlay is an indirect filling, covering both the inside and outside of a tooth. Dental inlays and onlays are also referred to as partial crowns and indirect fillings. Our dental specialists discuss with you your options to determine the best remedy. The process of bonding a dental inlay or onlay onto your natural tooth is safe.
Types of Dental Inlays and Onlays
Different materials are used to perform dental inlays and onlays. But the type that suits you best is dependent upon a variety of factors. They are usually made of the following materials.
They appear like powdered material and acrylics. They have a high cosmetic value because of their ability to blend with the color of natural teeth.
Different metals can be used to prepare dental inlays or onlays. They are strong and durable, but very conspicuous.
Porcelain inlays and onlays marry the color of the teeth, too. They have grown in popularity because of their convenience. Our dental professionals usually recommend dental inlays or onlays in case your teeth are chipped or you have cavities or dental caries.
Step by Step Dental Inlay or Onlay Procedure
One of the biggest advantages of inlays and onlays is that they don’t require any elimination of the healthy parts of the natural tooth. They bond together extremely well. The following steps demonstrate the procedure.
Exam and Anesthetics
Our dental professionals start by examining your tooth to get a clear picture of the problem. And then they administer anesthetics so that your tooth is numb.
Dental inlays and onlays, unlike direct fillings, have to be fabricated in a dental laboratory. So, impressions of your teeth have to be taken. If you have cavities, our dental specialist removes the damaged parts, along with the existing filling to access the natural tooth. All the damaged parts of the tooth ought to be removed to prevent weakness in the future. Also, the cavity has to be evenly shaped before an impression is taken. Once our dental specialist has taken your impression accurately, they send the model to the lab.
Temporary Indirect Fillings
A temporary inlay or onlay is prepared by using acrylic, shaped by the impression, and bonded weakly into your teeth. Also, other materials can be used to prepare temporary inlays and onlays, which involve putting the material into the mouth and then setting it in place.
Fixing Regular Inlays and Onlays
When your custom-fitted inlay or onlay is ready, usually a week or two after the first appointment, you come back to have it bonded onto your teeth. The temporary fillings are removed and your tooth is cleaned up and then either your inlay or onlay is bonded. Dental inlays and onlays are popular for a variety of reasons. They are much more resistant to damage than direct fillings. They are resistant to stains and they have an aesthetic appeal.
Dental inlays and onlays cater to teeth damage that can’t be restored with direct fillings. Visit us at Atlantic Dentistry for our dental specialists to repair your tooth by using indirect fillings. You can contact us at 904 717-0335 to set up your appointment.
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