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Inlays and Onlays

Custom-crafted dental inlays and onlays to restore your teeth with a perfect fit and natural look.

Introduction to Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are types of dental restorations often used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to require a crown. Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays offer a well-fitting, stronger, and longer lasting reparative solution to tooth decay or similar damage. These restorations are typically made from porcelain, composite resin, and sometimes gold.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

  • Conservative Repair: Unlike crowns, inlays and onlays require less removal of the tooth structure, preserving more of the natural tooth.
  • Durability: Made from tough, hard-wearing materials, they last up to 30 years, much longer than conventional fillings.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Inlays and onlays are custom-made to match the natural color of your teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile.
  • Strength and Stability: They strengthen teeth by up to 75%, improving their structural integrity and preventing further damage.
  • Improved Tooth Hygiene: Their tailored fit and smooth surface make it easier to clean the teeth and maintain good oral hygiene.

Types of Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays can be made from several materials, each with advantages depending on the situation:

  • Porcelain: Popular for its color matching and durability, porcelain is ideal for people who prefer a more natural appearance.
  • Composite Resin: Good for blending into the tooth, composite is less durable than porcelain but is easier to polish and adjust.
  • Gold: Known for its durability and less wear on opposing teeth, gold is often recommended for back teeth restorations.

What to Expect During the Inlays and Onlays Procedure

The process typically requires two visits to complete:

  1. First Visit: Decayed or damaged areas of the tooth are removed, and an impression of the tooth is taken to create a precise model for the inlay or onlay. A temporary sealant is applied to protect the tooth.
  2. Second Visit: The temporary sealant is removed, and if the inlay or onlay fits correctly, it will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished to a smooth finish.

Post-Procedure Care

Caring for your inlays and onlays is much like caring for your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and cleanings will help ensure they last as long as possible. Be sure to avoid chewing hard foods or ice directly with the restored teeth to prevent damage.

Schedule Your Appointment for Inlays and Onlays

If you have a tooth that requires restoration but does not need a full crown, inlays and onlays might be the perfect solution. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how these options can help restore your teeth and enhance your smile.

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