Inlays / onlays

Inlays / onlays

Inlays and Onlays as dental restorative solutions

Inlays and onlays blend both functionality and aesthetics. These custom-made filling, often crafted from composite materials or porcelain, are meticulously designed to fit seamlessly into damaged or decayed tooth structures. Inlays are tailored to fit within the contours of the tooth, while onlays extend to cover one or more cusps, offering a conservative yet effective approach to repairing and strengthening teeth.

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FAQS About Inlays / onlays
Fillings are placed directly into the cavity in the same appointment the tooth is cleaned out and prepared. With Inlays and Onlays, an impression or 3D scan of the tooth is taken after it is cleaned out and prepared. The Inlay or Onlay are fabricated outside the mouth and then bonded to the tooth in a separate appointment.
Inlays are used to fill cavities within the tooth’s cusps (the raised points on the tooth surface). Onlays, on the other hand, are used to cover one or more cusps or a larger portion of the tooth’s surface.
Inlays and Onlays restore the tooth’s strength and function better than fillings do.
The process involves two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist removes the decay or damage and takes impressions of the tooth. A temporary restoration is placed. In the second appointment, the custom-made inlay or onlay is bonded to the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are designed to match the colour and appearance of natural teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable. They blend seamlessly with the rest of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are durable restorations and can last for many years with proper care. Their lifespan is typically longer than traditional fillings.
There are no specific dietary restrictions after getting inlays or onlays. However, it’s advisable to avoid excessively hard or sticky foods to prevent potential damage to the restoration.
Inlays and onlays are more commonly used for adult teeth due to the size and development of children’s teeth.
Inlays and onlays are considered restorative procedures, and dental insurance plans typically provide coverage for a portion of the cost. However, coverage varies based on the specific insurance plan and the individual’s policy.

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