Inlays and Onlays
If you have a cavity or lost tooth structure that is too severe to be fixed by a simple dental filling, then you need an inlay or onlay.
Inlays and onlays come in many different materials, such as gold, porcelain, and composite resins. An advantage of porcelain and composite inlays and onlays is that they are stronger than regular dental fillings. While gold inlays and onlays are also strong and suitable alternatives, they are not as popular due to their appearance.
Generally, inlays and onlays are useful for most tooth filling needs. They are typically preferred by customers over conventional fillings and crowns, as they are more attractive and conservative.
In terms of cost, inlays and onlays are comparable to crowns since they are made with similar processes. However, inlays and onlays tend to last much longer than traditional dental fillings. Therefore, they usually end up costing less in the long run.
Application of a dental inlay or onlay usually requires two visits to the dentist. At the first one, your dental professional will prepare your tooth for the installation of the inlay or onlay. Next, he’ll make a mold of the tooth and send it to a lab for production. Some dentists will place a temporary inlay or onlay over the tooth to protect it while the real one is being made.
Once the inlay or onlay is prepared, your dentist will call you back for a second visit. At this time, he’ll remove your temporary inlay or onlay if you have one. Then, he’ll fit your permanent inlay or onlay and bond or cement it to the tooth.
If you’re wondering whether an inlay or onlay is the right treatment option for you, call Apex Dental today. We’ll answer all of your questions and help you to make the right choice for your dental needs.