Unlike traditional fillings, inlays and onlays are indirect fillings. They are good solutions in cases whereby the biting surface of your teeth are too damaged to be treated with fillings but are not structurally damaged enough to require a crown. They retain natural teeth structure and strengthen the teeth by holding them together.Inlays lie inside the cusp (bumps on top of a tooth) tips of the teeth. They are custom-made to fit the prepared cavity and then secured into the cavity. Onlays fit over one or more cusps.Inlays and onlays are made from porcelain, gold or composite resin. Porcelain is now commonly used due to its strength and match to the natural tooth color.
Our dentist will assess your problem and determine if inlays or onlays are the best solution for you. It usually takes 2 appointments to complete this procedure. During your first visit, our dentist will prepare your tooth by removing tooth decay or old filling and cleaning the area. A dental impression will be taken to create a customized inlay or onlay for you. Our dentist will advise the best material to use.You will be fitted with a temporary inlay or onlay. During your second visit, our dentist will remove the temporary inlay or onlay and replace it with a permanent one. Our dentist will polish and modify the restoration to ensure proper bite alignment. After the procedure, avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice and maintain a regular oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day and flossing, and regular dental check-ups.