Inlays and onlays are two of the lesser-known dental restorations that are alternatives to fillings and crowns. Dentists use inlays to fill large cavities, while onlays restore a severely worn out cusp or biting surface of a tooth. Both these restorations are made from dental-grade ceramic and can be customized to mimic the appearance of the natural teeth.
Why should you choose inlays and onlays?
- Inlays are one of the most effective ways of saving a severely decayed tooth. When a large cavity is filled with composite filling material, chances run high for the tooth to crack under severe forces. But, when inlays are placed in the cavity, they restore the strength of the tooth by up to 90%.
- Onlays are simple restorations that can be fabricated easily and bonded to a worn-out biting surface.
- Both these restorations look similar to the natural enamel in terms of color, texture, and transparency.
- They are highly durable and long-lasting.
- Since they are made from ceramic, they are resistant to staining.
What is the procedure involved?
When you visit our dental practice for the initial consultation, the dentist will thoroughly diagnose your teeth and understand the severity of the condition. This will also help to determine your candidacy for the restorations. The tooth will be prepared for the scan by cleaning and removing the decay from it. A hand-held scanning device is used to scan the teeth and make a digital mold. It will be shared with a dental laboratory, where the restoration will be fabricated in a few days.
During the following appointment, the dentist will place the restoration on the tooth and check for fit before permanently bonding it. If the contour checks out, dental adhesives will be used to bond it to the tooth. A curing light is used to harden it. The dentist checks the bite and polishes the restoration so that it matches the exact appearance of the adjoining teeth.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (408) 371-1070 to have a consultation with Dr. Esfandiari, and we will be happy to help.