Inlays and onlays are one type of method that allows a patient’s tooth to be completely restored when damage or decay develops. These options are known as indirect fillings because they are similar to a filling, but they are not necessarily a filling in a sense. Inlays and onlays are one of the better options because they will not weaken the structure of the tooth over time. The inlay or onlay can bear up to a total of 50 to 75 percent of the chewing force.
If you are wondering what inlays and onlays are, you are not alone. Most patients only know about fillings and they have never been presented with the option. An inlay covers the cups of the tooth and an onlay covers the entire chewing surface of a tooth.
Technology has advanced greatly in the recent years and is used to help make your smile look better. While amalgam is still used, inlays and onlays are gaining a lot of popularity and being recommended for patients. If you are interested in either an inlay or onlay, call our Fremont office today to discuss your options with Dr. Bien.
What Are Inlays?
A dental inlay is designed to repair the actual chewing surface of your tooth and is used similar to a filling. You can have an inlay created to look as natural to your tooth color as possible, so they appear almost invisibly. You can also choose to have inlays made from a metal material, but most patients do not choose this option. Inlays are popular in our Fremont office because they look nice, are durable, and cheaper than other similar options such as crowns.
Your Dental Inlay
Your inlay will be created in a dental lab to fit the specifications of your tooth. When you come into our Fremont office, Dr. Bien will remove any decayed portion of your tooth and clean it thoroughly. Dr. Bien will then take an impression of the tooth and send it off to be made at the lab. The lab is responsible for matching the tooth color to that of your natural teeth.
You will likely receive a temporary inlay until the permanent one arrives and once it does, you will come back into our office to have it placed. The inlay will be fitted to your tooth and then activated using a light, which allows the inlay to be formed.
Why Choose Tooth Colored Inlays Over Amalgam?
- Preserve more natural tooth
- Teeth gain strength and the structure is not compromised
- Natural appearance
- Contours for healthy gums
- Resists biting and chewing force
What Are Onlays?
Onlays are often referred to as an indirect filling and they offer the patient a much stronger bond and better durability. In fact, the onlay will not cause structure damage that a traditional amalgam filling will. An onlay is created inside of a dental lab and it is then bonded onto your tooth. An onlay differs from an inlay in that the onlay covers the entire biting surface of the tooth.
Your Dental Onlay
An onlay can be made from different material such as resin, porcelain, and gold. The only difference between the materials is the way they look on the tooth and their color. When you need an onlay, you can expect to spend two visits in our office.
When you come in for your first appointment, the tooth will be prepared for the onlay to be placed. You will have impressions taken of the tooth or teeth to receive onlays and the mold will be sent to the lab to be created. You will likely receive a temporary onlay until the new one arrives.
When you come in for your second visit, we will have the onlay in our office and it will be applied to your tooth permanently. Dr. Bien will make sure that the only looks and feels good before you leave our Fremont office.
Why Choose Onlays?
There are many reasons why a patient would choose a dental onlay to include:
- They are true to size and do not shrink
- Easy to clean and take care of
- They are stable and durable
- Does not discolor over time
Onlays Are a Great Alternative
If you are considering whether or not to choose an onlay or a crown – choose the onlay. In fact, onlays are cheaper than a full crown, so it will save you a lot of money. In addition, onlays are generally healthier and easier to care for then a crown, which makes them a good option for patients who either suffer from poor oral hygiene or those who need help caring for their teeth.
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If you would like to learn more about dental inlays and onlays, call Greenhills Dental today. You will have some free reign with your dental inlays and onlays, such as the material you choose. You can choose any material that you want, but there are some options that make for sense for patients than others. For example, if you need to have an onlay placed on a back tooth, then you may want to just choose a simple metal options, as it will save you some money. If you need to have one placed on a front tooth, then it makes more sense to choose a resin option, so that no one will notice it.
At Greenhills Dental, we want you to be proud of your smile and we will work closely with you to make sure that you choose the best option for your teeth and needs. Dr. Bien has many years of experience in the dental field and has applied inlays and onlays to patients of all ages. If you would like to learn more about the procedure or what other options are available to you, call our Fremont office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bien. We look forward to speaking with and helping to improve the overall look and feel of your smile.