Inlays and Onlays
A dental inlay or onlay is a composite, ceramic, or gold material used to fix an inconspicuous damaged or rotten tooth. Our specialists use an inlay or onlay to repair teeth that are too damaged to be fixed with a filling but not too damaged to receive dental crowns. Onlays and inlays save the good part of the decaying teeth. They also offer firmness and sturdy points for regular chewing. Wilson Dentistry can assist you in placing inlays or onlays when you are in need of this type of restoration.
Difference Between Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays are placed in the middle spot of a tooth while onlays are placed on the tooth's interior and exterior areas. Onlay and inlay are also known as an indirect filling or a partial crown. The partial crowns are not expensive and are typically cheaper than full crown treatment choices. The same materials are used with both types and both serve the same purpose.
Why Inlays and Onlays Are Placed
Our team of professionals usually recommend dental inlays and onlays if you have a broken or chipped tooth that cannot be fixed with dental fillings and if your affected tooth does not require more extensive procedures such as root canals or dental crowns repair. We also recommend inlays or onlays if you have teeth cavities that arise when microbes in the mouth produce acid that cause damage to your teeth. Our professionals mostly use dental inlays or onlays to only fix fair to severe cavities.
Risks and Potential Complications
Generally, placing inlays and onlays can be considered harmless; however, every process has its dangers and possible difficulties. Our professionals will consult with dental patients before proceeding. Problems with inlays or onlays occur rarely, but they can occur, nonetheless. Difficulties can occur during the process or recovery. The complications and risks could include allergic reactions, anesthetic difficulties, expanding or shrinking of inlays or onlays, cavities in the teeth, or mouth/gum injuries.
Risks and Potential Complications?
You can decrease potential risks by following our teams’ nutrition, lifestyle, and activity instructions, which will be given to you before your inlay or onlay surgery and also during your recovery period. You should also notify us if you are pregnant or nursing a newborn, as well as inform us regarding any issues after the procedure such as a fever, pain, or difficulty while chewing.
Preparations for Dental Inlays and Onlays
You are an essential participant of your dental care - the steps you take before the dental onlay or inlay process can generally increase your relaxation state and result. Although there is no unusual preparation required, it is still vital to truthfully answer any questions about your medicinal past and medicines such as prescription, unprescribed drugs, herbal medicine, and vitamins. It is always important to bring along an updated list of all medical conditions, medications, and allergies.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are suffering from decayed or damaged teeth, inlays and onlays can help restore your teeth to their normal function. For more information, and to find out if you require an inlay or onlay procedure, call Wilson Dentistry at (346) 340-5440 today.