Inlays and Onlays

Affordable Inlays and Onlays at Perfect Smiles Dental

There are some tooth decay cases, where the decaying portion is too large for a basic filling but isn’t large enough for a complete tooth restoration. In such occurrences; Perfect Smiles Dental provides Inlays and Onlays treatment as a perfect alternative.

This method of dental treatment can also be used to replace an old, large filling that has turned troublesome now.  At Perfect Smiles; we utilize best quality inlays and onlays made from premium quality porcelain, composite resin and even gold; as per the requirements of our clients.

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What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are used when tooth fillings are required on the chewing surface. An inlay will fill in the cavity or hollow area in the teeth, but not the cusps.  Cusps are the elevated portion of the teeth that protrude upward. Onlays do the same, but can fill in a larger area including the cusps. Both of these restoration methods are termed as “indirect filling” which means that they are created outside the mouth. At Perfect Smiles we have experts creating fillings at a professional dental laboratory. Once made, they are attached by our dentists.  The process is different than the “direct filling” method where the replacement is applied directly to the cavity filling area by the dentist in a single visit.

Advantages of Inlays and Onlays:

Inlays and Onlays help in maintaining the natural tooth structure and appearance.  This is less aggressive than the dental crown treatments. 

Efforts and time consumed in preparing and restoring these inlays and onlays are less as compared to any other dental restorative treatment.

Of course, the most important advantage of inlays and onlays treatment is the reduced expenditure. This treatment surely is less expensive when compared to the dental crown counterpart which is an extensive process that takes time and hence proves to be more costly.  

How are Inlays and Onlays Applied?

Getting an inlay or onlay is very similar to the experience of going for a dental crown treatment. However, this is an easier option as less of the natural tooth structure needs to be removed. 

The first step in getting an inlay or onlay is getting the teeth restoration area numb by applying a local anesthetic. The decay is then removed in order to stop the infection from progressing any further.

Once the cleaning and cleansing process is done, a mold will be taken off your tooth.  This mold will be used to create the inlay or onlay in the lab. While your Inlay/Onlay is being created in the lab, a temporary filling will be done to protect the area from sensitivity and further decay. Your new restoration will be placed in with bonding and cementing agents after thorough checking of its fit and esthetics.

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Though there is no doubt that the inlays and onlays are a strong and long-lasting solution with no need for any special care, regular flossing and professional cleaning are recommended. 

If you’re looking for cavity filling from a highly qualified team of dentists with years of experience, make sure you get in touch with us and we will provide a custom plan for your needs.

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