Inlays & Onlays
Your teeth are meant to be permanent, but this isn’t always how it works. Teeth can become damaged over time by accidents, injuries, dental treatment, or poor oral health. At times, this damage can be fixed by applying a filling or a crown to the affected tooth. At times, a crown may be too big while a filling may be too small. When this happens, your dentist may recommend a dental inlay or onlay.
How They Work
Inlays & onlays are made by your dentist in order to fit into your teeth perfectly. They’re considered what is known as an indirect filling and are bonded to the tooth in order to maintain its structural integrity much like a filling would. Inlays fit within the back cusps in teeth while onlays cover the cusps of teeth. They may be different, but they’re placed on your teeth in the same fashion.
The process is similar to getting a crown on the tooth without removing as much of the enamel. Inlays and onlays allow you to avoid reshaping your entire tooth structure, leaving you with much more natural enamel.
Permanent Inlays & Onlays
The tooth will be prepared and then numbed in order to keep patients as comfortable as possible. If there is decay in teeth, it will be removed by your dentist and then the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned. The dentist will take an impression of the prepared tooth and design an inlay or onlay that fits those measurements. Your permanent onlay can be made of ceramic, resin, and possibly even gold.
If you have damaged your tooth and would like to restore the enamel with something that looks natural and remains sturdy and secure in the mouth, speak with a Colony Dental professional about inlays or onlays for your teeth. Patients near Sugar Land can call our office to get additional information about their options for restoring the structure of teeth and keeping them healthy and strong. To schedule an appointment, come by the office or call and speak with a representative that can get you all set for your next dental appointment.