Restoring damaged teeth to their natural appearance and function
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.
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 the 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.
If you have any damaged or decayed teeth, there is no reason to continue without help. A simple two visits can restore your teeth and bring you back to full oral health. If you would like to schedule treatment for an inlay or onlay, or if you would like more information regarding this procedure, please feel free to give us a call or fill out the form provided and we will get back to you shortly.