Inlays and onlays are lesser-known oral restorations. They are made from dental-grade ceramic and are used to fill cavities and restore worn out teeth, respectively. The dentist will conduct a thorough diagnosis of your oral cavity and determine your candidacy for inlays and onlays.
What is the material used to make inlays and onlays?
Traditional inlays and onlays were made from gold or silver. However, they left a metallic appearance on the teeth, which is why they are being made from dental-grade ceramic or composite resin in recent times. They can be made to mimic the color and strength of the natural tooth, which helps you keep your aesthetically pleasing smile.
What are the advantages of inlays and onlays?
- Inlays increase the tooth’s strength as they are solid pieces of ceramic restoration placed in the cavities.
- Onlays restore the cusp of a tooth, thereby allowing the patient to bite and chew food as before.
- Since they are made from dental-grade material, they offer excellent strength and durability. They last for several years without any hassle.
- The procedure can be completed quickly. Also, it is inexpensive.
- They can be customized to replicate the appearance of the natural enamel, which keeps them in disguise.
How are they fabricated?
Inlays and onlays are customized restorations, meaning they are fabricated according to the contour and color of your teeth. We will conduct a thorough diagnosis of the mouth and take x-rays and scans of the teeth. This data will be used to create a digital impression of the teeth, which acts as a reference for fabricating the restorations.
Once the restorations are fabricated and ready to be bonded, the dentist will prepare you for the procedure. The teeth will be cleaned thoroughly and roughened using an etching solution. This ensures they adhere to the teeth firmly and do not get dislodged when you bite and chew food. We use photosensitive dental adhesives to bond the restorations, after which it will be hardened using a curing light. Excessive adhesives will be removed, and a bite test will be conducted to ensure it fits well.
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