Dentists use several types of tooth-colored restorations to enhance the oral aesthetics of patients. In some instances, when you have a significantly bigger cavity, it isn’t recommended that you get it restored using a filling material as the strength of the tooth can be reduced. Hence, we use an alternative called an inlay, which is a ceramic restoration that is custom-fabricated according to the contour of the cavity. Similarly, onlays are used to restore teeth that are severely worn out due to teeth grinding.
What are the benefits of choosing inlays and onlays?
- Inlays and onlays are customized according to the contour of the teeth.
- They help to restore the integrity of the teeth.
- They keep your teeth from undergoing further damage, which can cost you a lot of money to get it treated down the road.
- Onlays are the best option to restore worn-out teeth. In comparison to dental crowns, onlays extend the life of the teeth.
- They can be matched perfectly with the natural teeth in terms of color and texture, making them indistinguishable.
- They are long-lasting restorations that require little or no follow-up consultations.
What is the procedure?
The dentist will visually examine the teeth and understand the severity of the condition. Scans and x-rays may be taken to map out the damage to the teeth and the contour of the cavity. A digital impression of the teeth will be created and shared with a dental laboratory, where the restorations will be made from tooth-colored ceramic. While the restorations are being fabricated, which may take a few days, the dentist will place temporary restorations on your teeth.
Once they are fabricated and ready to be bonded, the dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth and prepare them for the procedure. An etching solution will be used to roughen the surface of the teeth. Using dental adhesives, the dentist will bond the restoration to the tooth and check for fit and comfort. It may be polished to give the right luster.
To know more about Inlays and Onlays, please schedule an online appointment with our dentists or call us at (650) 780-9429, and we will be happy to help. We also serve areas of Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton, and Foster City.