Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are procedures of cosmetic dentistry used to improve the patient’s overall appearance. They are made of gold, composite resin, or porcelain and protect the structure of your teeth from decay. Inlays or indirect fillings are used to protect and repair the cusp tips of the tooth. An inlay is placed between the chewing surface of the teeth and cusps and is required by patients whose cavity is too large to be filled by normal filling.
Dental Onlay is a more extensive treatment compared to inlay and requires substantial reconstruction. Dental Onlay procedures are performed if the damage extends to more than the cusps.
Previously, resin and gold were popular materials used in Inlay and Onlay procedures. However, porcelain has been the more recommended and popular choice recently because of its durability and strength.
How does it work?
At Kane and Kerper Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Oxnard, both procedures require up to two appointments. In the first visit, we remove previous fillings and determine whether an inlay procedure is more effective than only repairing the damage. We then take an impression of the area to ensure it properly fits the tooth. The sample impression is sent to the laboratory for fabrication while the doctors place a temporary sealant on your tooth until the next appointment.
The sealant is removed in the second appointment, and the inlay/onlay is tested for fit. Once the fit is approved, the inlay or onlay is bonded with resin or porcelain to the tooth.
Why choose Inlays and Onlays?
Traditional fillings are known to affect the tooth’s natural strength by 50%. Inlay/Onlay are popular alternatives that are directly bonded with the teeth using high-strength materials that, instead of reducing the strength of the teeth, increase it by 75%. They are highly durable and can last up to 30 years if taken care of.