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By Miracle Dental Center
December 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: inlays   onlays  

When your dentist fills your tooth, the filling area is sometimes too big for a dental filling. In most cases, a crown can be fitted onto the tooth, stabilizing it and ensuring it functions correctly. However, sometimes, dentists use inlays and onlays  instead of a crown or filling. This option is cost effective and long-lasting.

What are inlays and onlays?
Dentists use inlays and onlays for teeth that are not damaged enough to need a crown, yet too damaged to benefit from a dental filling. Inlays sit inside of the teeth’s cusps, or ridges, on the biting surface. An onlay covers one or more of the cusps inlays an onlays and is bigger than an inlay. Like with any dental restoration, inlays’ and onlays’ stability depends on the materials used and the size of the restoration. Inlays and onlays are either gold or tooth-colored composite resin or porcelain. These dental restorations can last for up to 30 years with proper care.

 

The Procedure
Dental restorations come in two varieties: direct and indirect. Direct restorations are made right in your dentist’s office, and a dental laboratory creates indirect restorations. The details of the procedure depend on which restoration type your dentist uses. In both procedures, your dentist removes the decay from the tooth in question. However, the procedures take a different direction from there.

  • Direct: Your dentist fills the tooth with composite resin. A special technology called CEREC may be used to create the inlay or onlay. This technology produces porcelain dental restorations in-office using digital molds of the tooth. The restoration is then bonded to the tooth using dental cement and a bonding light.
  • Indirect: An impression of the teeth is sent to a dental laboratory. There, a lab technician creates the custom-made inlay or onlay. While you wait on your restoration to come back from the lab, a temporary filling fills the tooth in place of the inlay or onlay. When your restoration is ready and delivered to your dentist, you will go in for your second appointment. Your dentist removes the temporary filling, and bonds the new inlay or onlay to the tooth.

For more information on dental restorations like onlays and inlays, contact Miracle Dentistry in Cooper City, FL. Call (954) 885-9560 to schedule your appointment today!

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