Dental inlays and onlays are customized, restorative fillings that repair rear teeth with little to moderate decay. This procedure is usually recommended when one has too much decay for fillings to be effective, yet not enough damage to warrant the crowning of the tooth. When successfully done, this procedure allows a dentist to conserve more of the patient’s original tooth structure than with other treatments.
An inlay is done when the tooth structure replaced is within the cusp tips of the tooth. If the damage is more extensive and the new structure covers the entire chewing surface including one or more tooth cusps, the procedure is called an onlay.
Technological advancements make it possible for you to maintain an amazing smile even if you have cavities. Many dentists still use metal amalgam fillings but today there are dental inlays available to fill your cavities with material that matches your tooth color. If you are self-conscious about your existing metal fillings, you may want to consider replacing them with natural looking dental inlays. Dental inlays allow our Ventura dentists to offer you virtually invisible dental restoration.
The dentists at Anacapa Dental in Oxnard, CA. offer their patients a variety of dental restoration techniques. One of these techniques is dental onlays.
The difference between these two forms of restoration lies in the level of damage one’s tooth has endured. Inlays are similar to fillings and fit within the top edges of the tooth. Onlays are a bit more extensive, extending over one or more cusps of the treated tooth.
Some get confused when they hear about inlays and onlays, as there are similarities with fillings and crowns. The procedures of inlays and onlays do differ from fillings and crowns, and some of the differences are laid out here.
- Inlays and onlays, unlike fillings, are developed in a dental laboratory to specially fit into the decayed parts of your tooth. What that means for you is a tooth that engineered to fit into your tooth and emulate the natural look and functionality of a healthy mouth.
- As they are made from a more sustainable material, inlays and onlays last longer than fillings, strengthening teeth almost as much as natural tooth enamel.
- Unlike crowns, which fully encapsulate the whole tooth, inlays and onlays retain as much of the natural tooth form as possible, melding with the part of it that isn’t decayed or damaged.
- Inlays and onlays are easier to maintain and clean than crowns, and will retain their natural look and color better than fillings.
- As they are extremely tough and durable, inlays and onlays prolong tooth life and prevent the use of further and more extensive dental work.
- Inlays and onlays can last up to 30 years, almost double the lifespan of fillings.
Despite the above information, there are certain cases in which fillings are the better option. The determination is best made during a private consultation with Dr. Jivraj, in which he will provide an accurate analysis of your ideal treatment options.
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It takes two appointments for the inlays and onlays treatment to be completed and to be finally bonded to the damaged area of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are performed using very similar procedures.
At The First Appointment:
Your dentist begins the procedure by numbing the area to be treated with local anesthetic. Any decay or damage is removed by drilling, which cleans and prepares the tooth for the dental inlay or onlay.
Using a small tray filled with dental putty that fits over the teeth, the dentist takes a mold (impression) of the damaged tooth. This impression is sent off to the dental laboratory, where a dental inlay or onlay is created that will fit your tooth exactly. Inlays and onlays are usually made from porcelain, which often most closely matches the normal color of the tooth, but they can also be made from composite resin or gold. While the inlay or onlay is being created at the lab, the dentist creates a temporary restoration (cover or filling) for your tooth to protect it until your next appointment.
At The Second Appointment:
Your dentist will remove the temporary restoration and then take time to ensure the inlay or onlay fits correctly. Only when the inlay or onlay fits perfectly will the dentist bond the inlay or onlay to the tooth with a strong resin adhesive. The inlay and onlay treatment is completed with a polish to ensure a smooth and aesthetically pleasing finish.
Each visit to the dentist for inlay or onlay treatment takes about an hour, with the first appointment taking slightly longer due to the preparation process. There will probably be a little discomfort after the inlay or onlay procedure, and the new tooth surface may feel a little odd, but you soon get used to the new tooth surface and how it feels and looks in your mouth. The tissue around the treated tooth may feel sore or sensitive, but this should subside in a couple of days. If you do feel some discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate the symptoms.
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If you are a candidate for the inlay or onlay procedure, you would be hard-pressed to find a dentist in Ventura County more capable than Dr. Jivraj and his team at Anacapa Dental Art Institute. With over 25 years experience to boast, Dr. Jivraj is truly an artist when it comes to the inlay and onlay procedures. To learn more about how inlays and onlays can help you repair your teeth, please call our office to schedule a private consultation today.
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