Inlays & Onlays

Do I need a dental inlay or onlay?

The name of the game with oral health is prevention. If you can use a combination of oral health habits and procedures to prevent further damage, you are doing the right thing for your oral health.

This cosmetic dental procedure can be used to help you prevent tooth decay in the following scenarios:

  • You have broken or fractured teeth.
  • You can’t be fitted with a crown.
  • You qualify for a filling based on the amount of decay or presence of a cavity, but a filling could weaken your teeth.

Inlays and Onlays are just like regular fillings but are custom-fitted to be placed into your mouth. Book your consultation with our team to see if this treatment may be the right choice for your situation.

What are Inlays and Onlays, and what is the difference between them?

These two words sound the same and are often grouped together, but they are not the same thing. The difference has to do with where the damage lies on your tooth. The cusps of your teeth refer to the raised chewing surface.

If the damage is sustained in this cusp area, our team would recommend a dental onlay, which covers the cusps of your tooth. An dental inlay, on the other hand, is fitted onto your tooth but doesn’t cover the cusps. Both mechanisms are excellent restorative supports to help revitalize your smile and support your teeth.

What is the process to get this treatment?

We may be the authority on teeth, but you are the authority on your smile. That is why every procedure or treatment you go through at our Ashburton dental clinic is a collaboration between you and your dedicated oral health team. Book a consultation today to meet with our team and discuss any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure. Below is a breakdown of what your inlay or onlay process may look like with our team at Ashwood Dental:

  1. Your first appointment is a productive one. It begins with your dentist removing the decay, old filling, and debris with a high-quality dental drill.
  2. The next step is to take an impression of the tooth in question to send to the lab.
  3. We place a temporary filling for you while we wait to get your permanent one from the lab.
  4. A few weeks later, you come back in to have your inlay or onlay permanently attached to your decaying tooth.

Our team wants to make this process as fast and straightforward as possible for every patient. This way, you can leave our offices confident with your new, healthy smile.

How do I care for my dental inlay or onlay?

There are a few ways for you to take care of your inlay/onlay to extend its lifespan. The best tips for at-home care include an excellent oral health routine. This should mean brushing and flossing your teeth every day. In addition, visiting the dentist for regular cleanings can help us pick up on any spots you may have missed. Book your consultation now to get started with the process to a better smile, and a more confident you.

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