Inlays and Onlays
A dental inlay and onlay are restorative treatments that can help repair teeth that have been fractured, cracked or chipped. When teeth have been damaged, this treatment can also contribute to protect and strengthen your teeth to allow more functionality to your mouth and restore the beauty to your smile!
Inlays and onlays are very similar to dental fillings; the only difference is that onlays are fitted on the top part of your tooth or cusp, and inlays are placed inside the tooth structure like a cavity. They are very resistant and durable because of the material that is used, usually ceramic or porcelain they give your tooth more strength and can help further prevent issues. In the past, the material that was used for this treatment included some metals such as silver or gold, but it has been found that metals don’t bond too well to the tooth and can be very bad for your health if used for an extended period of time.
Here at Smile Doctors, we use only materials that we know won’t be harmful to our patients. The use of these safe materials also gives your smile a more natural look as they can blend in with your other teeth. The treatment itself is not painful at all, and it requires only two visits to your dentist.
During your first appointment, the dentists will examine your teeth and determine which ones will need treatment; a mold of your teeth will be created in order to design the custom inlays or onlays to be bonded on the next appointment. On your second appointment, once your teeth have been cleaned and prepared for treatment, local anesthesia will be applied to reduce any mild discomfort. Finally, the permanent inlays or onlays will be placed and adjusted to fit you comfortably and bonded to your teeth. Once they have been placed, the restoration is finalized by polishing and making them comfortable to wear.
Inlays and onlays can last decades if taken care of properly and you practice good oral hygiene. If you are interested in this treatment, call (281) 968-1663 and book your appointment!