How Inlays and Onlays Can Restore Your Dental Health
Inlays and onlays are appropriate for teeth with extensive decay. If a cavity has destroyed a large portion of your tooth, but you still have a certain amount of healthy tissue, an inlay or onlay may be appropriate. Inlays and onlays act similar in function but vary in where they are placed.
An inlay will nestle between the cusps of your tooth. An onlay will go over the cusps and down the sides of your tooth. Once in place, these restorations can improve the look of your smile, as well as your ability to bite and chew.
What to Expect during Treatment
To determine the most appropriate restoration, Dr. van Zyl will carefully examine your tooth. Typically, he will take x-rays to diagnose the extent of the damage. If he determines that you are a candidate for an inlay or onlay, he will first reshape your tooth. Then, using gentle methods, he will eliminate bacteria and decayed tissue. He will also make more room for the restoration.
Next, Dr. van Zyl will take impressions. These models will be submitted to our lab, where technicians will craft your custom restoration. Inlays and onlays can be made of metal. However, we typically recommend porcelain, since it will best match your teeth. Our lab uses advanced materials, which come in a wide range of shades. Your treatment team will find a color that is a near-perfect match to your smile.
When the inlay or onlay has been received in our office, Dr. van Zyl will affix it to your tooth. Typically, you will enjoy an almost immediate return of your dental function.