Dental Inlays and Onlays in Delray Beach, FL
A dental inlay or onlay is known as an “indirect filling”. An inlay or onlay may be required for a tooth that is damaged to the point where a normal filling will not help, but it is not so severe that an actual dental crown is needed.
What is a dental inlay and onlay?
Dental inlays and onlays repair the damaged part of a tooth. They are made of a solid substance such as porcelain, composite resin or gold, which is long-lasting. They are designed to restore damaged or decayed areas of the tooth that a normal filling will not take care of. A dental inlay is not as extensive as an onlay and lies inside of the cusp of the tooth and cemented in place. An onlay covers one or more of the cusps of the tooth. An onlay may be a better choice than a crown in a circumstance where the damage to the tooth isn’t extensive enough to merit one. Your dentist will discuss this with you to determine what is needed.
What are the benefits of dental inlays and onlays?
Besides making you feel better and more confident, there are more benefits of having a dental inlay. Some of those benefits are:
- They look natural to blend in with your tooth
- They Require only minimal tooth surface removal
- They will not expand or contract with temperature
- They will last longer than a typical dental filling
- They help strengthen teeth up to 75%
- They prolong the life of your tooth
How are dental inlays and onlays applied?
It is typical to have two appointments for this particular dental treatment. Both of these treatments are done with very similar procedures and usually take approximately an hour both times. Your first appointment may take a bit longer because of meticulous, expert preparation. To sum it up best, below is a list to help you understand the treatment process:
The first appointment
- Your dentist will numb the area treated
- Damage and/or decay is removed
- An impression is taken of your damaged tooth
- The impression is taken to the lab
- The inlay or onlay is meticulously crafted to your tooth exactly
- You will receive a temporary restoration while your inlay or onlay is being created
- Your dentist will remove the temporary restoration
- Your dentist will ensure proper fitting of the inlay or onlay
- After exact fitting, the inlay or onlay is bonded to the tooth with an adhesive
- The inlay or onlay is completed with a nice polish for a great, natural look and feel
Will I be in pain after receiving inlays and onlays?
While some patients will not experience pain whatsoever, there are patients who go through discomfort after the procedure is finished. The reason for this is mainly because of the surrounding tissue of the tooth that has just been treated. However, this discomfort should go away within a couple days after your procedure. If it hasn’t, or if you are experiencing any pain at all, please let your dentist know so we can schedule a follow-up appointment.
If you have any questions or concerns about dental inlays and onlays, please give our Delray Beach office a call at 561-404-4078 or visit our contact page for more information. We look forward to helping you on your way to a better, healthier smile!