Inlays and Onlays – What Patients Should Know

If you suffer from a serious case of tooth decay or tooth damage, it’s crucial that you undergo dental care treatment to restore the strength and structure of your teeth. Damaged teeth are weak and may break further from basic chewing or eating. In addition, damaged or decayed teeth can be painful to patients, results in tooth sensitivity and soreness.

When you visit our cosmetic dentistry center, you’ll be able to learn about your many treatment options out there for advanced dental restoration. Right now, we want to focus on inlays and onlays and what they can do for you.

What You Should Know About Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations meant to restore substantial amount of damaged, decayed, and otherwise compromised tooth structure. It helps to think of inlays and onlays as larger dental fillings. Unlike dental fillings, however, inlays and onlays are able to restore larger amounts of compromised tooth structure, such as the cusps (biting surfaces) of the teeth.

Good Candidates for Inlays and Onlays

Ideal candidates for inlays and onlays are patients who have major issues with tooth damage or tooth injury which can no longer be realistically addressed through the use of dental fillings. They should have a fair amount of healthy tooth structure still in place so that the tooth can be saved.

The Inlays and Onlays Procedure

The first step of the inalys and onlays procedure is the careful cleaning of the compromised tooth. Next, the dentist will prep the tooth to receive the dental restoration. In basic terms, this means removing the damaged tooth structure and maintaining as much healthy tooth structure as possible. An impression is then taken of the prepped tooth. It is from this impression that the final inlay or onlay is crafted.

When the inlay / onlay is finally ready, the dentist will check the dental restoration one last time for color match and/or proper fit. It’s crucial that the inlay or onlay is properly fashioned so that it functions just as normal tooth structure would. Final adjustments are made to the inlay or onlay if necessary, and then it is carefully adhered in place.

Caring for Inlays and Onlays

As for aftercare for inlays and onlays, patients are simply expected to brush at least twice a day, floss at least every night, and visit the dentist twice a year as they usually would. It’s as simple as that.

Alternatives to Inlays and Onlays

Dentists always want to work conservatively when it comes to restoration of tooth structure. This is simply to ensure that patients have as much natural tooth structure in place as possible, which is ideal for overall dental wellness. This means that dental fillings are always preferable to inlays and onlays within reason.

If the damage to the tooth is too serious for an inlay or onlay, then a dental crown will be more ideal. The dental crown is generally the last resort to save a seriously damaged tooth.

Learn More About Advanced Restorative Dentistry Treatment

For more information about inlays, onlays, and your many other options for dental restoration treatment, be sure to contact our Toronto, Ontario dental care practice today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health and overall wellness.