INLAYS OR ONLAYS
Teeth were designed to complement each other and plan an important role in speaking, chewing, and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders. How can we restore the normal function by minimizing loss of tooth structure?
What are Inlays / Onlays?
Dental inlays and onlays are a medium between dental crowns and fillings. They are implicated on teeth at the back of the mouth that has suffered a moderate level of decay. Not only this, but inlays and onlays can also be placed on teeth that have undergone some fracturing; more serious damage will probably be resolved with a dental crown.
However, the inlays and onlays are often more appealing as porcelain and resin as they can be coloured to look natural. This often makes dental inlays and onlays are a popular choice for those wishing to replace unattractive fillings that are made from metal. This type of dental product is bonded into place around the cusps. Onlays are used to cover one cusp or more, whereas dental inlays tend to be used more as a filling between the cusps. This area is vulnerable to damage due to chewing and so is often prone to fracturing.
How long do inlays and onlays last?
Dental inlays and onlays can potentially last for decades, however, it depends entirely on a number of factors. A key influence on how long they exist is the material that the inlay or onlay is composed of. Also, the actual teeth that the product is applied to can be a big determining factor in how long they last for.
Other factors that can affect how much a dental inlay and/or onlay will endure are very dependent on the patient’s actions after the filling-like product has been fixed. These influences are how forceful chewing is as well as choice of food, the level of care that is taken by the patient for the inlays or onlays as well as the oral hygiene routine of the patient. It is also important that the dentist is visited regularly to make sure that the inlays and onlays are intact.
How dental inlays and onlays are applied
In general, the process of fixing inlays or onlays onto the teeth requires at least two dental appointments.
At the first appointment, your dentist will extract the damaged part of the tooth. Then the part of the tooth that is remaining will be carefully shaped to ensure that the inlay or onlay will be able to stick. Your following appointment will involve the actual application of the inlay or only onto the necessary teeth. The inlay or onlay is carefully positioned so it matches the exact shape of the tooth.
Does the procedure hurt?
As the procedure of obtaining a dental inlay or onlay requires the removal of tooth as well as dental shaping, there is bound to be some degree of pain. However your dentist can manage it properly.
Dental inlay and onlay benefits
There are a number of positive points that are associated with dental inlays and onlays. Primarily they are very useful in the treatment of tooth decay as well as getting rid of sensitivity of the teeth and tooth loss. Other benefits of dental inlays and onlays include :
- The ability to choose natural coloured inlays or onlays to make them “invisible” so your smile will not be made more unattractive.
- As the inlays and onlays are generally not composed of metal, like conventional fillings, they will not change in shape or size if the teeth are subjected to changes in temperature.
- More of your tooth is maintained than with a traditional filling, which often makes the procedure more appealing and popular.
- Dental inlays and onlays can strengthen the tooth in question by around 75% thanks to the process that goes into producing them.