When suffering from decayed and damaged teeth, Inlays and onlays are a successful and highly workable treatment method for restoring teeth damaged by cavities and dental decay. Also known as “indirect fillings”, porcelain inlays and onlays are a popular treatment option for tooth restoration. Inlays and onlays are first prepared in a dental lab. Once they are ready, the dentist will cement them onto the surface of the teeth. One key benefit from this procedure is that they actually strengthen your teeth and many patients have reported being able to chew up 70 percent better than before treatment.
Porcelain Inlays & Onlays
Restoring damaged teeth to their natural appearance and function
At Arden Park Dental Care, Dr. Shahnaz Formoli has extensive experience in teeth restorations and has helped treat hundreds of cases with porcelain inlays and onlays. In addition to strengthening your teeth, inlays and onlays have the added benefit of:
•Greater resistance to discoloration and stains than crowns and fillings.
•They are color matched to your natural teeth and therefore look absolutely natural and they feel and function like your natural teeth.
•No significant amount of your natural tooth structure is removed, preserving your teeth during treatment.
Am I a candidate for inlays or onlays?
At Arden Park Dental Care, you will first receive a thorough examination of the status of your oral health. Bases on this, Dr. Formoli will determine whether inlays or onlays are the right treatment option for you. The difference between the two is that a dental inlay is similar to a filling and fits inside the tips, top edges, of the tooth. A dental onlay is more extensive and extends over the cusps of the treated tooth. If you are suffering from damage to the biting surface of a tooth, chances are you are a good candidate for this procedure.
What can I expect during treatment?
The restoration procedure is begun by removing the damaged portion of the tooth that requires treatment. Our dentist will also create an impression of the tooth and this will be sent to the laboratory using precise specifications from the digital X-ray. The lab will then use porcelain that matches your tooth shade in order to create the dental inlay or onlay.
In your follow-up visit, we will place the permanent restoration and complete the procedure by examining your bite. This helps to ensure a smooth perfect fit. Your natural form and function will be restored and you will find this restoration very easy to clean.
Dr. Formoli will likely recommend an inlay, instead of a regular filling, when there is a broken or fractured tooth or decay where it does not affect the cusp of the tooth. An inlay is also recommended when a large dental filling is required that may weaken the remaining structure. An onlay is a restorative treatment used to repair a tooth that has more extensive damage affecting the cusp or tips of the tooth or the biting surface.
How long does treatment take?
At Arden Park Dental Care, treatment for dental inlays and onlays typically requires two visits. The first visit is for preparation and production of the restoration, plus another visit for placement of the inlay or onlay. Maintain a healthy oral regimen of brushing and flossing will make the restoration last for years. Your tooth will be stronger and cosmetically enhanced.