At Access Dental, we offer inlay and onlays to our patients as an option to repair holes their teeth.
Reconstructive dentistry has come a long way since the time of metallic fillings and glaringly obvious repair work. Inlays and onlays offer patients the opportunity to repair damaged and decayed teeth with a natural tooth coloured material shaped and fitted specifically for you.
Both products are similar in function to traditional fillings. There are differences in the manufacturing, fitting and make-up of the products that make them more durable, more cosmetically appealing and a better choice for the health of your teeth.
Want to know more? For more information on reconstructive dentistry and tooth repair contact Access Dental Care today.
You are probably wondering, what are inlays and onlays?
There is very little difference between dental inlays and onlays. Both are dental products used to restore teeth that have been mildly or moderately damaged by decay, chipping and shallow fractures.
So, what’s the difference? A dental inlay is similar to a traditional and fits inside the cusp tips (top edges) of the tooth. A dental onlay is more extensive and extends over the cusps of the treated tooth.
Inlays and onlays are often used to replace fillings and sometimes used instead of crowns. However, more and more inlays and onlays are becoming a first option for dentists to use on damaged teeth. This is because inlays and onlays are both cosmetically favourable and practically durable than traditional fillings.
Made from a tooth coloured porcelain or resin the inlay or onlay is made specifically to fit your tooth. This means that the tooth is not further damaged to make the inlay or onlay fit. Lucky for you, this not only allows the tooth to stay strong but in repairing it, it strengthens the tooth against further damage.
How they are fitted
Inlays and onlays are fitted in two dentist’s appointments. During the first appointment the damaged tooth is treated. If there is tooth decay a minimum amount is removed before an impression of your tooth is made. This impression is used to make the custom inlay or onlay to fit perfectly into the cavity or on the tooth.
Between the two dental appointments your dentist will likely give you a temporary filling to protect your tooth while you wait to protect the tooth.
The inlay or onlay is then secured onto the tooth at a second dentists appointment using a strong dental adhesive. Once complete the tooth will look natural and healthy again.
Did you know that inlays and onlays can last up to 30 years? Amazing right!
What’s the difference between inlays, onlays and fillings?
Although inlays, onlays and fillings are all acceptable ways to repair damaged and decayed teeth; there are advantages to using inlays and onlays over traditional fillings.
Fillings are made of either amalgam or composite material. A filling is fitted into the cavity immediately after it has been treated and decaying areas of the tooth have been removed. The composite or amalgam is placed into the cavity and fills it as the name filling suggests.
This is the main benefit of fillings above inlays and onlays; the cavity is repaired during a single dentist’s appointment.
Inlays and onlays are made from a mould of the cavity which can be fitted within days after the first appointment. This delay is because of the type of material inlays and onlays are made from. Porcelain or resin inlays and onlays are made from this specific material because it can be made to match the colouring and texture of the natural tooth. It is durable and can withstand the pressure of chewing over a long period of time.
Are inlays or onlays a better option for your teeth?
Just the answer you have been waiting for! Because of how each tooth repairing method is done they have different benefits. While fillings provide an immediate solution and are more likely to be covered by your insurance. This is because they are less durable and will need to be replaced more frequently with a higher likelihood of shrinking and becoming lose over time.
Whereas inlays and onlays are not guaranteed to last forever they are more likely to last longer and remain viable. But wait. there’s more, inlays and onlays are also fitted in a way that requires less of the natural tooth to be drilled away when treating the cavity. This can make the natural tooth stronger and less likely to suffer subsequent damage.
Inlays and onlays in Perth
Do you have a hole that needs fixing? Decay and structural damage to your teeth can seriously compromise your oral health and the everyday functioning of your teeth. If you have broken or damaged teeth or suspect, you may have tooth decay contact Access Dental Care now and book an emergency dental appointment.