Whenever a patient comes to us with cavities or cracks in their molars and premolars that are too big for a conventional filling but too small for a crown, we usually recommend inlays and onlays. An inlay is a form of tooth restoration that fits inside the grooves of a back tooth while an onlay is more extensive in surface area and fits over the cusps of the said tooth. Inlays and onlays may be made from various materials, including porcelain and composite resin material. In the past, inlays and onlays were mainly made from gold, but in recent times we are seeing more people preferring tooth-colored material.
Inlays and onlays tend to be more durable than conventional fillings. The best part of getting your inlays and onlays at Unident Dental Center of Walpole is that you get the durability without needing to spend any more time than you would with a traditional dental filling.
Getting your inlays and onlays at Unident Dental Center of Walpole is a two-appointment procedure. During your first appointment, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth after thoroughly cleaning out any signs of decay. For this step, our dentist will use anesthesia to guarantee your comfort.
Impressions of your teeth may be obtained manually using dental putty or digitally using scanners. After that, the dentist sends these impressions to the dental lab where the design and manufacture of the restorations take place.
During your second appointment, our dentist will bond the inlay or onlay onto your tooth using a dental adhesive. Our dentist bonds the restoration only after ensuring that they’re a perfect fit for your teeth. If not, the dentist will make modifications until the inlays and onlays fit just right.
Soon after getting your restorations, you may experience some bit of soreness or sensitivity. This feeling should go away after a couple of days. It may also take the same amount of time for you to get used to this new addition in your mouth.
When well cared for, inlays and onlays can last for as long as thirty years. However, you must avoid eating hard foods, grinding your teeth and practice proper dental care to ensure the longevity of your restorations.
Inlays and onlays strengthen your teeth and are a great bet if you’ve always struggled with mild cavities. If you’re in East Walpole, MA, call Unident Dental Center of Walpole today for a smooth inlay and onlay treatment.