Your teeth have a hard job, and it’s a dangerous world out there for them. No matter how hard you work to keep them safe, they can get chipped or cracked and need repair. Fortunately, there are dental procedures that can fix your teeth up until they’re good as new. At GIO Dental we’re devoted to keeping your teeth looking perfect no matter what happens to them, which is why today we’re telling you everything you need to know about Inlays and Onlays.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are both methods to repair teeth that have slightly decayed or have not suffered a crack or fracture significant enough to require a dental crown. An inlay is generally smaller, and fits between the cusps, or rounded edges, of your teeth.
An onlay might cover one or more cusps, or even the whole biting surface of your teeth. To apply them, your dentist first numbs your tooth and removes any decay or damage by drilling, which also cleans and prepares the tooth. Then, a mold is taken for the Inlay or Onlay and a temporary filling is put in place to protect the tooth while it’s made. Finally, a second appointment is set up for the dentist to remove the temporary filling and place the Inlay or Onlay.
What Are The Benefits of Inlays and Onlays?
For one, Inlays and Onlays are very durable, and can last for up to thirty years. Furthermore, unlike metal fillings which often weaken your teeth, Inlays and Onlays can actually make your teeth stronger and extend their lifespan. The whole procedure is a rather quick processes, too, only requiring two appointments with a dental professional to complete.
When Should I Get Inlays or Onlays?
The right candidates for Inlays or Onlays have tooth damage that’s hard to treat with another procedure. Usually this means having tooth damage that’s a bit too severe for a traditional filling, but where there’s enough tooth left that a full dental crown isn’t necessary. If you have a filling that needs to be removed or replaced, Inlays are also often used for that.
In other words, Inlays and Onlays are simple, durable procedures that have substantial benefits over other methods of repairing damaged teeth. Even better, they’re a process we’re happy to offer at GIO Dental! All you have to do is book a consultation with one of our dedicated dental professionals, and they’ll be able to tell you if Inlays or Onlays are right for you. They can even start the procedure and schedule your follow-up right here in our offices.