Inlays and onlays are indirect dental restorations. Dentists typically use these restorations when a patient has a large cavity that cannot be restored with fillings.
Dr. Hernandez at The Dental Design Studios in Houston, Texas, provides convenient and affordable dental restorations as well as many other dental treatments and procedures to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Dental inlays are made of solid material and custom-made depending on the size of the cavity. They are cast into shape using materials like gold or porcelain and fitted onto the tooth.
Onlays, on the other hand, are made from similar materials but are more extensive than inlays. They are used for filling larger cavities.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Both inlays and onlays have the following benefits:
- They are more resistant to fractures and damage compared to traditional dental fillings
- They are stain-resistant
- They restore and improve the natural appearance of the teeth
- They are custom-made to fit the patients’ tooth structure and match the color of their natural teeth
- They can last up to 15 years
The Procedure for Inlays and Onlays
Here is what you can expect if you come in for an inlay or onlay procedure:
- The dentist will take an impression of the damaged tooth. Based on the impression, the dentist will provide you with options for the materials to be used in fabricating the inlays or onlays.
- You will be fitted with temporary fillings if required to prevent further damage to the teeth.
- Once the inlays and onlays are ready, they will be placed onto the teeth. To reduce pain and ensure your comfort, the dentist will apply local anesthesia and then cement the inlays or onlays in place.
- It takes one or a few days to recover from this procedure.
- Your teeth will still be vulnerable to plaque and cavities even with inlays and onlays. Therefore, it is essential to practice good oral hygiene, eat a balanced diet, and visit the dentist for regular dental checkups and cleanings.
To learn more about inlays and onlays, contact The Dental Design Studios at (713) 468-5800 or visit us at 8391 Westview Drive, Houston, TX 77055.