Aesthetic Inlays & Onlays: Why You Might Need them

February 18, 2021 - By Bruce Michaelson

Teeth play a significant role in terms of their functions and aesthetic aspects. It helps in bite, speech, digestion, and external appearance. Teeth can get damaged for several reasons and get bacterial infections and other diseases, causing mild to severe damage. Tooth extraction, fillings, crown, and other restoration methods are followed to treat extreme conditions. However, mild issues can be treated with simple treatment without requiring an advanced procedure. Inlays and Onlays are dental treatments used to treat mild tooth damages. This article will look into the process of inlays and Onlays and the benefits they can provide to your oral health and external appearance.

What Are Inlays And Onlays

This is a form of indirect restoration which involves shaping the tooth while getting rid of the cavity or fracture. Inlays and Onlays can be used in either molars or premolars. An inlay will incorporate the pits and fissures of a tooth, while onlay will cover the cusps.

The processes differ from each other concerning the amount or the area of the tooth they cover. The parts are made with porcelain or composite that fit the specific size and shape of the cavity. Inlays are used to restore a cavity on the chewing surface of your tooth, while onlay restores both the chewing surface and cusp of the tooth.

Who Needs Inlays And Onlays?

If you have a damaged chewing surface of the tooth due to decay or injury, your dentist in Dubai will recommend an inlay as the treatment. Inlays can fit into the hollow part of the tooth and rebuild your tooth. The parts are created using an imprint of the affected area and usually with porcelain or composite material to match your natural tooth color.

Your dentist will choose an onlay when the cavity is too big for a filling or when the cusp is compromised.  An onlay will affect the cusps of your tooth and strengthen the surface while protecting the decayed area. Onlays are also referred to as “partial crowns” since they act as a crown but cover half of the tooth.

How It Works

The process often involves very much similar to that of a crown but is recommended as a more conservative treatment type in dentistry. Once you visit the American Dental Clinic, your dentist will provide local anesthesia to numb the tooth and the surrounding area before starting the process.

The tooth will be prepared by removing the decay to inhibit the infection’s progression. An impression of your tooth is taken and sent into the laboratory to create your inlay/onlay.

A temporary filling is placed into your tooth for protection until your next visit to the clinic. Typically these impressions are made using ceramic or resin to give a more natural appearance and make the teeth less noticed.

Once your restoration is ready, you can pay the second visit to the dental clinic, and a permanent inlay or onlay will be cemented on your tooth. The long-lasting treatment can stay from 5-30 years depending on the dental hygiene practices and other external factors.

Brushing twice a day, flossing, and regular visits to the dental clinic can help to keep your inlays/Onlays longer without causing damages. The treatment will bring back the natural shape of your teeth, improve your smile and external appearance, and function, usually improving your chewing and bite patterns. The cleaning process will be easier, and the partial restoration will preserve your natural tooth as much as possible. If you have damaged or infected teeth, visit the American dental center Dubai for comprehensive dental restoration and maintain your natural teeth for a lifetime. Our highly skilled team of professionals will provide you with the best consultation and recommendations to bring back your oral health and smile.

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