Dental Inlays and Onlays

Sometimes, tooth damage is so extensive that it cannot be treated with standards filling procedures. In such situations, an inlay or onlay might be your best bet. Conventionally, inlays were used to treat damages due to tooth decay and acted as fillings. They lay inside the tooth and were traditionally made of gold. Here are some more useful information from www.dreppingdentists.com.au to give you a better understanding about dental inlays and onlays.

Sometimes, tooth damage is so extensive that it cannot be treated with standards filling procedures. In such situations, an inlay or onlay might be your best bet. Conventionally, inlays were used to treat damages due to tooth decay and acted as fillings. They lay inside the tooth and were traditionally made of gold. Here are some more useful information from www.dreppingdentists.com.au to give you a better understanding about dental inlays and onlays.

Both dental inlays and onlays are fillings that are constructed outside the mouth. These are usually fabricated at dental laboratories and hence regarded as ndirect’ fillings. These are independent structures that are bonded to the tooth for the sake of convenience and to protect the tooth from further damage. It is very different from an irect’ filling which is placed and set into the tooth by a dentist in a single session.

Dental Inlays

An inlay is a type of indirect filling that sits on the lower trench or cusp points on a molar or premolar tooth (these are the teeth we use for heavy chewing). The inlays can be made out of porcelain/ceramic or an artificial dental composite. Faulty or unflattering fillings can be replaced by neat inlays bonded to the tooth. The accuracy and efficiency of the bonding process are essential for the tooth to regain its strength.

Dental Onlays

An onlay is very similar to an inlay but covers more than one of these cusps or deeper leveled points. Onlays extend upon the surface of the tooth used for chewing to potentially replace multiple cusps. Making the onlay out of ceramic or porcelain aids in the bonding of the external segment to the tooth.

How it works

The procedure for getting an inlay or onlay is quite similar. The natural structure of the tooth remains relatively intact and does not need to be drilled into. It, however, feels similar to having a crown placed. This is a more cautious and moderate type of treatment that is often prescribed when the original tooth structure is strong and healthy.

The primary step, as is with almost all dental procedures, is to numb the tooth and surrounding regions with local anesthesia. Then, the decay is removed and an impression of the remaining part of the tooth is made (onto a clay-like material or digitally). This impression is then used to construct an inlay or onlay for the tooth depending on the damage. Finally, the inlay/onlay is attached to the tooth with a hardening resin that creates a long-lasting bond between the two components after special treatment.

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