The first step to receiving an inlay or an onlay is to set up a consultation at GIO Dental in Station Landing. During this consultation, your dentist will determine whether an inlay or an onlay is required for the procedure. An inlay covers the top-middle portion of a tooth, while an onlay covers the entire top portion of a tooth, rather than just one smaller section. Once this is determined, the affected area will be prepared. This usually involves the removal of plaque and decay so that a proper impression of the tooth can be taken. A temporary filling is attached to your tooth for protection while waiting for the final mold to finish. When the patient returns for their follow-up visit, the permanent mold will be applied to the damaged tooth, usually using durable dental cement.
The inlay and onlay procedures require very little recovery time. The patient may be advised to temporarily take on a soft-food diet while the treated tooth heals. Aside from that, the new inlay or onlay can be taken care of the same way as natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing will help prevent plaque buildup and tooth decay, and regular dental cleanings will prolong the life of the patient’s inlay or onlay. With proper care, the restoration will last years, and in some cases even decades.
For more information about inlays and onlays, contact Dentist Medford at (781)777-1812 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our Contact Us page.