Dr. Carter Perkins uses inlay and onlays as a conservative treatment option for repairing more advanced tooth decay or damage. Inlay and onlays are effective for restoring the stability and structure of a tooth that needs more advanced treatment than a dental filling but does not need to be extracted. Inlays and onlays allow Dr. Perkins to preserve the natural tooth.
Inlay V. Onlay
Inlay- An inlay is commonly used to treat large surface areas of decay or damage. An inlay is applied to the interior contours of the tooth. The inlay can be color-matched to the tooth for an aesthetically seamless result. When a cavity is too large for a filling, an inlay will typically be used.
Onlay- An onlay repairs damage or decay in the crown or on top of the tooth. The onlay is designed to conform to the crevices of the natural tooth surface for a secure bond. The top of a molar is commonplace for decay because it can be difficult to thoroughly clean. This type of restoration is more than an inlay, but not quite a crown.
Inlays and onlays are made of high-quality porcelain much like a dental crown. The material is stain and decay-resistant for long-term durability. The inlay or onlay restoration is custom designed and color-matched to repair the function and aesthetic appearance of the tooth.
An inlay or onlay is custom designed and fabricated to perfectly fit the patient’s tooth. When appropriate, Dr. Perkins may recommend a same-day dental restoration using the CAD/CAM technology of CEREC. Instead of making two trips to our office, you can have your custom inlay or onlay designed, fabricated, and bonded to the tooth in just one visit.
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Inlay & Onlay What to Expect
The inlay and onlay process should only take one visit to complete thanks to CEREC technology. Dr. Perkins will begin by numbing the area around the tooth that will be treated. He will prepare the tooth by removing all the decay and damaged tissue and thoroughly cleaning it.
Next, Dr. Perkins will use 3-D imaging to create a digital model of the tooth. The model will be used by our dental lab technician for the fabrication of the inlay or onlay. The restoration will be made from high-quality dental porcelain and color-matched to blend with your tooth.
Once the inlay or onlay is ready, Dr. Perkins can then bond it to the tooth. The inlay or onlay will fit snugly into the affected area. This type of dental restoration is more secure than a traditional dental filling because it is permanently bonded to the tooth while a dental filling is injected into the affected area.
After your inlay or onlay is set, the surface of your tooth may feel a little awkward. This feeling will take some time to get used to. The area around the tooth may be sore or sensitive for a short period of time but will go away after a few days. If cared for properly, your new restoration should last about 10 – 30 years.
No. Dental inlays and onlays can be treated the same way as dental crowns. Be sure to diligently floss between teeth that have an inlay or onlay to prevent new cavities from forming. Even though they are protected by the restoration, teeth with dental restorations are still prone to new cavities.
Inlays and onlays last about the same as dental fillings. Since they are made of roughly the same material, they can last between 7 to 20 years without the need for replacement. Naturally, your dental health and the way you take care of your teeth play a large role in the lifespan of your restoration.
No. Getting an inlay or onlay is not as painful as you may think. The process can take one to two visits depending on how much of your tooth is being saved. As with any restorative procedure, your mouth will be numbed before treatment for your comfort and to prevent any pain during treatment.