Dental Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are restorations used to repair back teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of decay. They can also be used to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured if the damage is not too severe to require a dental crown. Inlays and onlays are usually made from porcelain, and composite resin, inlays and onlays are often used to replace dark mercury fillings to achieve a more natural looking smile.View Smile Gallery
Tooth inlays are used to treat teeth that have decay or damage positioned within the biting surfaces. They can also be used to replace old or damaged metal fillings, or simply to improve the cosmetic appeal of your teeth by removing the old metal fillings and replacing them with newer tooth - coloured restorations. Inlay placement is usually carried out over two appointments.
During your first visit to Dr Tehranian, he will assess what your needs are and if necessary, an impression of your tooth will be taken. After the impression is taken, a temporary inlay will be placed over the tooth. We will then send the impression off to our state of the art dental lab, which will then create the inlay for you that will match your tooth’s specifications. When you return back for your next appointment, the temporary inlay will be removed and the permanent one will be placed carefully over your tooth.
Tooth Onlays are designed to treat decay on the cusps, or top projections, of a tooth, they are used to treat decay that extends to one or more of the cusps. Onlays are placed in much the same way as inlays..
Like dental inlays, onlays are created from tooth-coloured material, which makes them virtually undetectable to the naked eye. This means that you will know that your restored teeth look as good as your natural teeth. Onlays also help to conserve more tooth structure because their use requires minimal removal a tooth’s surface. Perhaps their most important benefit is that, in saving damaged teeth, onlays help you avoid the eventual need for more extensive treatment with dental crowns, dental bridges, or dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Inlays and Onlays
1- In treating dental decay, inlays and onlays help to eliminate tooth sensitivity and eventual tooth loss.
2- Since they can be made from tooth-coloured material, including porcelain and composite resin, inlays and onlays are virtually invisible.
3- Unlike metal fillings, inlays and onlays will not expand or contract in response to temperature changes caused by hot or cold foods. This change in size can cause teeth to weaken or fracture and cause pain or sensitivity.
4- The use of inlays and onlays requires less tooth reduction than does the use of metal fillings. This allows dentists to conserve more of a patient’s natural tooth structure in the treatment process.
5- Due to the way in which inlays and onlays are constructed, they help to strengthen teeth by up to 70%
6- Inlays and onlays can replace old silver (amalgam) fillings to create a healthier, more natural-looking smile.