Inlays and onlays are restorative dental treatments that are mostly used as an alternative to dental fillings for the repair of damaged or decayed teeth. They are also known as indirect fillings as they are prepared in a dental laboratory and then bonded to the teeth once they are ready. Inlays are applied at the center of the tooth and onlays are applied for full coverage of the biting surface of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays have a number of advantages over fillings when it comes to restoration of a tooth’s lost structure and function. Some of these are:
- They are more durable because and can last for up to 30 years if cared for properly
- They can increase the strength of the teeth by over 75%
- They help in extending the life of the tooth, thereby reducing the need for dental treatment in future
- They are less prone to discoloration and staining as compared to fillings
- They work better when it comes to sealing teeth from bacteria
Inlays and onlays are the best restorative solutions to treat decayed teeth because of the best fit and durability they offer.
How are inlays and onlays done?
The placement of inlays and onlays takes 2 appointments to be completed. During the first appointment, we will numb the area with a local anesthetic before the drilling and removing decay to prepare the tooth. Then we will take an impression of the tooth and send it to a laboratory where the inlay or onlay will be made to fit your tooth. On the second appointment, we will remove the temporary restoration then bond the inlay or onlay after making sure that it will fit your teeth perfectly. The procedure will be completed with a polish for a smooth and pleasant look.