Inlays and onlays in Fort Worth are just one of the restorative dental treatments that we provide at Perfect Dental although many of our patients are less familiar with this procedure than they are fillings or crowns. So what are they and when are they used?
Inlays and onlays are a type of indirect dental restoration which are custom made to fit your tooth and carefully color matched to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
Difference between inlay and onlay
Normally a traditional filling is used to repair minor cavities and damage to a tooth. However, when a cavity is large or the damage is more extensive but doesn’t necessitate a dental crown, we have the option of an inlay and onlay. So what’s the difference between the two? As the name suggests, an inlay is a porcelain restoration that fits inside the cusp or biting surface of the tooth and is used to address decay. An onlay is similar to an inlay but is used in cases where the decay or damage is more extensive and has spread beyond the cusp or biting surface of the tooth. It’s placed onto the damaged or decayed area to give support to the base of the tooth.
Inlay dental procedure
The inlay treatment generally takes two visits to complete. During the first visit, our Fort Worth dentist will start by removing the decayed or damaged area of the tooth receiving the inlay. An impression will then be taken of the tooth and sent to the lab so that a porcelain inlay can be created. Meanwhile, you’ll be fitted with a temporary inlay to protect the tooth and allow you to bite and chew safely and comfortably. Once your permanent onlay is ready we’ll call you back for a second visit. Your temporary inlay will be removed and your permanent inlay will be bonded into place.
Onlay preparation steps
Similarly to the inlay procedure, a mold is taken of the area of the tooth which requires restoration. It’s then forwarded to the lab where the onlay will be fabricated. Again, you’ll be fitted with a temporary onlay while your custom onlay is being created. During the second visit, your temporary onlay is removed and replaced with your permanent onlay. Your dentist will check that it’s a good fit and that your bite is good before bonding the onlay securely into place and polishing the edges.
Bonded inlays and onlays provide greater strength and durability than traditional fillings and look so natural that neither you or anyone else will be able to spot the difference.
If you want more information about inlays and onlays in Fort Worth then please contact us to book your consultation. Call Perfect Dental today at (817) 286 0044