Inlays & Onlays
Go for inlays or onlays when more than 50% of your biting tooth surface is damage
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays can be defined as pieces that are bonded or attached to the damaged area of a tooth. They are mostly made of composite resin, porcelain, or gold. An inlay is pretty much like a dental filling. It is generally used inside the cusps of the teeth. Similarly, as the name suggests an onlay extends over one or multiple cusps of the teeth.
Gold has been traditionally used when it comes to inlays or onlays. Though, the demand for porcelain has been increasing rapidly in recent years due to its color and strength. The color of porcelain matches the color of natural teeth. Hence, making it an ideal choice!
How are Inlays and Onlays Applied?
You need to attend the dental office twice for completion of the process of getting inlays and onlays. The damaged areas of the tooth are removed in the first visit. This is important to make the tooth ready for inlay or onlay. The dentist takes an impression of the tooth and sends it to the laboratory for fabrication to make sure proper bite and fit. A temporary sealant will then be applied to the tooth and the next appointment gets scheduled.
The temporary sealant is removed in the second appointment and the dentist ensures that the inlay or only fits correctly. If the fitting is perfect, it is bonded to the tooth with the help of a strong resin and polished to achieve a smooth finish.
Final Words on Inlays and Onlays
You need to know that traditional dental fillings can lessen the strength of a natural tooth by almost 50%. This is not the case with inlays or onlays. They are bonded directly to the tooth with the help of high-strength resins. So going for inlays or onlays can increase the strength of your tooth by 75%. With a proper oral hygiene routine and a few preventive measures, they can last for almost 10-30 years.