Inlays and Onlays
What is the difference between inlays and onlays?
Dental inlays and onlays are cosmetic dental treatments that help protect a tooth that may have extensive damage from tooth decay or an accident. They are customized solutions to fix damage and are molded from impressions taken of your teeth. An inlay fits into the grooves of your tooth, like a filling. The onlay goes over the cusps of your tooth and is used to help strengthen and protect biting surfaces. Both inlays and onlays are often made of tooth-colored composite resin or ceramic.
What is the process like of getting inlays and onlays?
If you have ever received a filling, you already have a good idea of what to expect when getting an inlay or onlay. There are just a few additional steps when receiving an inlay or onlay.
When you come in for your initial appointment, Drs. Gordon and Brooks Green and Dr. Nichole Barnett will examine your tooth to see the extent of the damage. Then, we will use local anesthesia to numb the area, keeping you comfortable for the treatment. We’ll remove the damaged portion of the tooth, then take an impression of the area that will receive the inlay or onlay. That impression will go to the lab for a customized inlay or onlay that will fit your tooth perfectly. In the meantime, you’ll receive a temporary inlay or onlay. Once your customized inlay or onlay is ready, we’ll fit it into your tooth during a second appointment.
How do I know whether I need inlays or onlays?
Overall, the best way to know whether you need an inlay or onlay is to consult with your dentist. They will be able to tell when this treatment is the best option for you. Here at Green Dental, we will be able to go over your various options for repairing the damage in your tooth and discuss the benefits of each. You will play an active role in determining your own course of action.
Prior to seeing a dentist, you may notice pain or sensitivity in the damaged tooth when biting down or drinking hot or cold beverages. It’s possible you might even be able to tell something is wrong when you run your tongue over the tooth and feel a jaggedness or sharpness that wasn’t there before.
A quick and thorough exam from a dental professional will be able to tell for sure. That’s why it’s so important to schedule an appointment as soon as you notice something might be wrong — and to attend your regular appointments every six months. Expert cleanings and exams can help prevent situations that may lead to needing inlays and onlays.
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