Inlays & Onlays
Fillings are a reliable way to address small cavities and decay in a tooth. A crown is a restorative solution that completely covers the tooth after decay or damage has been repaired. For situations where the damage to a tooth is too severe for a filling, but not extensive enough for a crown, an inlay or onlay can serve as a suitable restorative choice.
At HomeTown Dental at Sherman we offer restorative solutions that will meet the needs of the patient and the tooth being repaired.
What Are Inlays And Onlays?
The inlay and onlay can often be heard being referred to as a partial crown. These restorative prosthetics are used when the damage to the tooth is too extensive for a standard filling or when it is not severe enough to warrant a dental crown.
Inlays are placed upon the cusps, the molar chewing surface. Onlays are used to replace or more cusps of the molars. These restorative prosthetics will not cap the tooth as the dental crown does.
Much less prep work will be needed while restoring the tooth. Dental crowns can often require a fair amount of prep work on the tooth. This is to ensure a comfortable and seamless fit once the dental crown is placed.
Inlays and onlays can be color-matched to the color of the natural teeth they are being used on. This assures you of a natural-looking restoration.
The Procedure For Placing Inlays And Onlays
The procedure for the placement of an inlay or onlay is very similar in nature to the process of a dental crown placement. The first step in your treatment will be to numb the tooth and the surrounding gums. Any decay and damage to the tooth will be removed, and the tooth will be disinfected.
Our dentist will take impressions of the tooth, which will be used to mill the inlay or onlay needed. While you are waiting for the laboratory to make the restorative prosthetics, a temporary filling may be used to protect the tooth.
Once the inlay or onlay has been made, you will return to our office so that our dentist can place it. Our molars are an essential part of the force and balance of our bite. This is why it is so important that your inlay or onlay fits comfortably. A few minor adjustments may be made before the prosthetic is permanently bonded to the tooth.
Caring For Teeth With Inlays and Onlays
When your inlays and onlays are bonded to your teeth, they will become a part of your tooth. They will function and look just like your natural tooth. It is important that you brush and floss your restored tooth, just as you would your natural teeth. Brush, floss, use an alcohol-free mouthwash, and be sure to keep your appointments for professional cleanings and examinations by our dentist every six months.
If you see any damage to your restored teeth or the inlay or onlay comes loose, it is important to reach out to our office so that the issue can be resolved.
Call (430) 202-5033 to schedule your appointment with our professional dental staff at HomeTown Dental at Sherman.