Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are a procedure that helps to restore your damaged teeth. They are made outside of the mouth as a single solid piece that fits the specific size and shape of the cavity then cemented in place in the tooth. Onlays fit over your tooth’s biting surface and are made of a solid piece of porcelain. Inlays fit inside the tooth but extend onto the chewing surface of a back tooth to replace one or more cusps. Inlays are used to replace a small amount of tooth structure loss due to decay. They are made of gold, resin, or porcelain, and they fit inside the tooth. Experienced Stuart, FL dentists at McClane Dentistry, will thoroughly examine your teeth before deciding if you are the right candidate for this treatment.
Advantages of inlays and Onlays
- It is the most conservative treatment. They are less invasive, and hence your dentist removes only the damaged tissue before placing the restoration.
- They can be blended using high-quality material to go with your smile for beautiful, natural-looking results.
- Inlays and Onlays have added strength and durability. They are made of durable porcelain material that can strengthen a tooth by 75% and last up to 20 to 30 years with proper care.
- Inlays and Onlays give natural-looking results. In most cases, they are used to replace old and worn amalgam restorations. The dentist can blend the porcelain to match neighboring teeth, and they in return, beautifully mimic the sheen of natural enamel. Since porcelain is non-resistant, you can feel confident that your restoration will remain vibrant and bright over time.
- They are cost-effective, and they are covered by most insurance plans.
Types of Inlays and Onlays
- Direct Inlays and Onlays- they are made by a dentist within the setting of a dental office. The process is very easy: the Inlays and Onlays are placed only on one visit. The dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth during the procedure and puts resin on the tooth. The dentist then takes the Inlay and Onlay and cements it into the tooth. After that, the dentist polishes them. They can also be made with ceramic, and the same procedure is followed.
- Indirect Inlay and Onlay- these are made in a laboratory setting, and hence the process requires more time. The procedure for indirect Onlay and Inlay is similar to the direct procedure. The dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth first. However in this process, the tooth being treated receives a temporary filling to send the impression to a laboratory. At the patient’s second visit, the dentist removes the temporary filling and then cements the Inlay and Onlay to the tooth, followed by polishing.
Who is eligible for Inlays and Onlays?
- You must have sufficient remaining tooth structure to support the restoration.
- A patient who is committed to practicing healthy oral hygiene.
Inlays and Onlays procedure can be done by a prosthodontist, a dentist specializing in treating complex dental and facial issues. At McClane Dentistry, you will get an experienced dentist who will perform the treatment with precision and help to restore your smile.
Getting Inlays and Onlays in Stuart, FL
To find out more about Inlays and Onlays, schedule a consultation with McClane Dentistry on (772) 287-0788. Address, 1001 Southeast Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, Florida 34996.