If over 50 percent of a tooth’s biting surface is damaged, or if the tooth is cracked or fractured, your dentist may recommend repairing the injury with an inlay or an onlay.
Inlays and onlays are made of a strong, high-quality gold or porcelain. These dental restorations are used to fix damaged teeth. Similar to a tooth filling, an inlay is bonded inside the cusps of a tooth. Onlays are a bit sturdier because they surround one or more cusps.
The metal of choice has traditionally been gold for both inlays and onlays. However, in recent years porcelain has grown in popularity due to the natural color and strength of the hearty material.
At Dental Now 14 two visits are required to complete inlay and onlay application procedures. During the initial appointment, the injured surface or damaged filling is removed and the affected area is prepared for the dental restoration. Then, a digital impression is taken by your dentist and sent off to our lab. This will ensure a proper fit. A temporary inlay or only will be placed on the affected tooth and a second visit will be booked.
At the subsequent visit, the temporary placement will be removed. Your dentist will them inspect the final restoration for aesthetic beauty and accuracy. Strong dental cement will be used to bond the restoration to the tooth and lastly, it will be polished smooth.
The traditional filling material can weaken a natural tooth and over time it may break. As a stronger alternative, inlays and onlays are bonded directly onto the enamel using high-strength materials. This provides a long lasting solution for your tooth repair. These types of dental restorations can protect your smile for many years.
The professional team at Dental Now 14 prefers to take the most conservative approach possible and when feasible will use inlays and onlays over crowns!