Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that dentists use to repair premolars and molars which have suffered mild to moderate decay. In such a case, conventional fillings aren’t sufficient to restore the teeth. At the same time, the teeth have yet to undergo enough damage to require dental crowns. Inlays fit inside the grooves or fissures of a tooth, while onlays extend to the one or more cusps. As far as the installation of inlays and onlays, the process is similar and straightforward.
Getting inlays and onlays at Dr. Fieldhouse & Dr. Peterson’s is a two-visit affair. During the first appointment, our dentist will examine your teeth and remove any old fillings that may be in place. Afterward, the dentist will make a model or impression of your teeth to send to the dental lab. It’s in the dental lab that the technicians create your inlays or onlays, a process that requires a few waiting days.
You can choose to have inlays or onlays in gold, porcelain, or resin composite material.
During your second appointment, the dentist will fit you with the inlays or onlays, but only after determining that they’re a good fit for you in terms of size, shape, and color. Inlays and onlays are bonded to teeth using a resin adhesive. The dentist will finish off the restoration by applying a varnish to make the tooth surface more aesthetically pleasing.
Getting inlays and onlays at Dr. Fieldhouse & Dr. Peterson’s is a virtually painless procedure. After the process, you may experience some slight discomfort as you get used to your new additions. Should you experience any soreness or sensitivity, pain medication may be used to alleviate these symptoms.
The materials used in the making of inlays and onlays are hard-wearing and can last up to 30 years. As such, it’s essential to observe proper dental hygiene to ensure that your dental restorations serve you for the intended time.
Avoid eating hard foods which exert too much pressure and damage the surface of the teeth, and stay away from foods that are too sugary. Lastly, don’t forget to diligently observe your dental exams and cleaning appointments at Dr. Fieldhouse & Dr. Peterson’s.