The Use of Inlays and Onlays to Restore Teeth

The Use of Inlays and Onlays to Restore Teeth

Stronger than large fillings, inlays and onlays are available at our Ipswich dental practice.

Tooth decay is a common problem that most of us have to deal with at one point or another in our life. It occurs when acid eats away at the enamel of our teeth, exposing the dentin.

Acidic foods and drinks are common causes of the problem, as is improper care of oral health. If you have tooth decay, it is vital to get treatment as soon as you can. Leaving a decayed tooth without treatment can be extremely painful and can also result in tooth loss.

Inlays and Onlays

The treatment options for tooth decay are varied and will depend on the extent of the damage. Inlays and onlays are an excellent option where the decay is too significant to restore with a standard filling but not so severe as to need a dental crown. Providing that there is still sufficient tooth remaining, an inlay can be placed into the cavity. The difference between an onlay and an inlay is that the former is larger than the latter and is big enough to incorporate a tooth cusp replacement. Inlays are used more often to fill between cusps.

Inlays and onlays are both generally made from porcelain, which is ideal because it resembles teeth in both colour and general appearance. However, they can also be from composite resin material or gold.

When your dentist decides that you are a suitable candidate for inlays or onlays, you will need two appointments at our Ipswich dental practice. During the first appointment, our Suffolk based dentist will take an impression of the decayed tooth. This impression is then used by a dental laboratory in the construction of the inlays or onlays. It ensures that the inlay or onlay is a perfect fit for the damaged tooth. The second visit involves placing the inlay or onlay and cementing it in place.

Plus Points of Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays offer many benefits. As well as strength, they also last a long time, possibly up to 20 years. However, some factors will determine its life span. These include the application of force when chewing and the care you give your teeth following the placement of the onlays or inlays. It is not usually necessary to reshape the tooth when receiving an inlay or onlay. They are also aesthetically appealing, and following placement and final preparation, patients will leave our dental practice with a newly repaired tooth and hopefully a smile on their face too!

For more information about fillings, whether using out teeth coloured fillings or inlays and onlays, please call the Foxhall dental Practice on 01473 258396.