Inlays & Onlays
Here at Jon C. Packman DDS, we have a team of experienced professionals who will help in fixing your dental inlays or onlays. We use dental inlays and onlays to repair a patient’s rear teeth affected by decay. Also, we use these dental procedures for patients with fractured or cracked teeth which do not have sufficient damage to warrant a crown.
Previously, inlays were used as a replacement for fillings to replace lost tooth structure because of decay. Just like fillings, dental inlays are meant to fit inside your tooth and were mostly made of gold.
We still use dental inlays for the same purposes today. However, we have different types of inlays made of tooth-colored materials, like porcelain, ceramic or special dental composite. If you have unsightly or defective fillings, we can replace them with tooth-colored inlays and then bond them to your tooth. The bonding process helps in improving the strength of your tooth and assists in sealing the inlay to your tooth.
These are also meant to fit inside your tooth, but they also extend to the tooth’s chewing surface. Onlays are ideal for back teeth and can replace one or more cusps. Previously, dental onlays were made from gold, but today we see many patients requesting tooth-colored onlays. We often recommend porcelain or ceramic onlays since we can bond the restoration to your tooth.
Many people have a challenge in determining whether they need an inlay or onlay instead of a crown or a cap. However, it is important to note that the ideal candidate for an inlay or onlay should have sufficient decay or damage in the structure of their tooth to warrant the procedure.
How Inlays and Onlays Work
Preparing for an onlay or inlay is just like preparing for a dental crown. However, there is an important distinction between these two—we will not remove much of your natural tooth structure. We will only remove a small amount by drilling the area where the inlay or onlay will be placed.
When you visit our offices on the day, our experts will start by numbing your tooth and its surrounding area and then remove the decay. Our professionals will do this to prevent the decay from spreading to the rest of the tooth.
Once we have prepared the tooth, we will make an impression of it and then sent it to our labs. Here the impression will be used to make the model of your tooth so that the inlay or onlay can be created. Your final restoration will then be made, using either tooth-colored resin or ceramic or gold.
Before leaving our offices, we will attach a temporary filling to the tooth. This will keep the tooth safe until your permanent restoration is ready. We will then fix your permanent restoration during your next visit. Both inlays and onlays are long-lasting and strong, but you will need to take greater care to them.
If you need to know more about inlays and onlays, kindly contact our experienced professionals here at Jon C. Packman DDS at (704) 978-7060 today!