An Introduction to Dental Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are a good way to restore old or broken metal fillings, or teeth suffering from mild tooth decay.
Inlays are fitted in to the concave area on the top of a tooth and can be made of different materials like gold or porcelain, which can be colored to match the tooth.
Onlays offer reinforcement in between the peaks of the injured tooth, and can be made from the same material as inlays and are almost unnoticeable.
Inlays and onlays offer dental restoration with materials can be matched with the original tooth rendering them almost invisible and provides a visually pleasing solution. They are unlike any filling material in that they do not expand or contract when exposed to cold or heat.
This helps better maintain the structural integrity of the tooth. They also have an average life span of thirty or more years. Many other restorative products may fail as a result of exposure to high or low temperatures, or to habits like teeth grinding.
Patients are often advised to have an inlay restoration in place of a composite or amalgam filling where decay is present between teeth because an inlay can more effectively seal the area from further decay.
Inlays and onlays are generally made out of gold, porcelain or resin pressed into a mold of the tooth being treated. The choice of material usually depends upon the area in the mouth. Gold is recommended for molars as it is incredibly durable and offers better resistance to grinding and wear and tear. Natural looking porcelain and resins are advised in the case of inlays and onlays for the front teeth.
Cincinnati dentist Dr. Khetarpal will seal and polish the inlay or onlay only after trying it out on the patient to check the fit and ensure a normal bite.
Their custom fit, durable materials and resistance to the conditions within the mouth make them the ideal choice for Cincinnati patients with severely weakened or damaged teeth.
To discuss your dental inlays and onlyas or to ask any other questions, please contact us immediately at 513-923-1215 or fill out the appointment request form to schedule now.