There are times when a tooth suffers damage (from decay, for example) that is too extensive to be treated with a simple filling — but not extensive enough to need a full-coverage crown. In these cases, the best option for restoring the tooth may be an inlay or onlay.Book Now
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a dental filling is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth. Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth.
Inlays and onlays require two appointments to complete the procedure. During the first visit, the filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. To ensure proper fit and bite, an impression of the tooth is made by the dentist, and sent to a lab for fabrication. The dentist will then apply a temporary sealant on the tooth and schedule the next appointment.
Inlays and onlays can often be used in place of traditional dental fillings to treat tooth decay or similar structural damage. Whereas dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are fabricated indirectly in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth by your dentist. The restoration is dubbed an “inlay” when the material is bonded within the center of a tooth. Conversely, the restoration is dubbed an “onlay” when the extent of the damage requires inclusion of one or more cusps (points) of the tooth or full coverage of the biting surface. Inlays and Onlays in Spring, TX - Dental Inlays & Onlays in Spring, TX 77388
Not at all. Local anesthesia is used to ensure the tooth is completely numb before the filling procedure. If any discomfort is felt during the process, Dr. Romil Pasrija will not move forward until the tooth is wholly deadened with enough anesthetic.
Limitations of Inlays/Onlays Inlays and onlays are strong, long-lasting, and require no greater level of care than any other tooth. Conscientious daily brushing and flossing and regular professional cleanings at the dental office are all you need to make sure your restoration lasts for years to come. Inlays and Onlays in Spring, TX - Dental Inlays & Onlays in Spring, TX 77388
Getting an inlay or onlay is very much like what you would experience having a crown placed, with one important distinction: less of your natural tooth structure will need to be removed by drilling when you receive an inlay or onlay. When you get a crown, the tooth needs to undergo significant reshaping so that it will fit inside its new covering. Since dentistry’s goal is to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, inlays and onlays may be recommended instead of crowns when a tooth can be restored with this more conservative type of treatment.
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Dr. Romil Pasrija obtained her Advanced Training and Doctorate of Dental Medicine DMD from Boston University Henry M. School of Dental Medicine. After practicing several years as an associate dentist, Dr. Romil founded Passmiles near her hometown of Houston, Texas. Becoming a Dentist and serving people and community was always her dream. Dr. Romil is an active member of American Dental Association, Texas Dental…
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