Cosmetic and Family Dentist in Raleigh

In situations where over half a given tooth’s surface has been damaged, dental professionals regularly choose to utilize onlays or inlays as a viable solution.

Facts About Onlays and Inlays

Both dental techniques involve the use of gold, porcelain or even composite resins. Such materials can be bonded to the portion of the tooth that has sustained damage. Inlays, like filings, tend to be used within the tooth’s cusp tips. Onlays tend to be used in more comprehensive reconstruction tasks, though they extend outward over at least one, but sometimes multiple tooth cusps.

In the past, gold served as the primary material used for the fabrication of onlays and inlays. However, recent times have seen porcelain take the lead, largely because of its durability and desirable color. The results achieved with porcelain tend to be very natural in appearance.

Application of Inlays and Onlays

An inlay or onlay can be completed in just two dental appointments. The initial office visit will involve replacement of the filling or removal of the decayed or damaged portion of the natural tooth. The tooth can then be prepared to receive the onlay or the inlay. So that a good fit and proper bite is achieved, the dental professional will take an impression of the tooth and send it to a laboratory where the product will be fabricated. Then, the dentist can put a temporary sealing material on the tooth and determine the next appointment date.

The second appointment will involve removal of the temporary material, and then Dr. Bassiri can make certain that the onlay or inlay is going to fit the right way. When the fit achieved is a good one, the onlay or inlay is bonded to the existing tooth with a resin material and then polished to an appealing smoothness.

Things to Think About

A conventional filling tends to degrade the integrity of natural teeth by up to half. Thus, the alternative option of a dental inlay or onlay can, in fact, boost tooth strength greatly, because they are bonded to the tooth itself with extremely strong resins. The increase in durability may reach 75 percent, and the result can endure from anywhere between 10 and 30 years. When tooth damage is not sufficiently profound to warrant the use of a full crown, onlays of this sort can prove extremely helpful.