Inlays & Onlays
Your teeth can last a lifetime if you take proper care of them over time. Unfortunately, cavities affect a large number of teeth. Decay is often repaired with a simple tooth-colored filling, but there are occasions when the damage is too severe.
Here at Keizer Family Dental, our dentists want to employ conservative therapies to help prevent the need for intrusive, expensive procedures. They may typically restore decaying teeth using a dental inlay or onlay.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
A filling may not be enough to preserve a tooth that has been severely damaged by a cavity, but a crown may be too costly. An inlay or onlay is a compromise between the two treatments for restoring your tooth's health. An inlay fits in the cusps of a premolar or molar, whereas an onlay covers one or more cusps of a premolar or molar.
An inlay or dental onlay in our clinic is a type of indirect filling that is created outside of your mouth in a lab and then adhered to your tooth. As a result, they frequently require two dental visits to finish. Our dentist will evaluate which treatment is appropriate for you based on the location of the cavity.
Do You Need an Inlay or Onlay?
If you acquire a cavity or your tooth sustains slight damage, you may require an inlay or onlay. Suffering a mouth injury (to verify you have not destroyed a tooth) and having chronic tooth sensitivity or toothaches are both signs you should see our dentist. Our dental staff is at your service if you have any questions regarding inlays or onlays.
Dental inlays are molded fillings that are placed in a cavity in the tooth. They are made in a lab after imprints of the cavities are taken. Inlays are a wonderful choice for teeth with hollows that do not extend outwardly.
Onlays are used to fill cavities that extend beyond a tooth's cusps or biting surface. When the cavity is too large for a normal filling but not large enough for a complete crown, an onlay is a good option for the patient.
What Can you Expect?
The first 48 hours following treatment are crucial for your inlay or onlay to have a long-lasting impact. Extremely hot and cold meals, as well as sticky or hard foods, should absolutely be avoided. For the first few days, it is prudent to stick to soft foods to let your tooth heal. After the operation, you may feel pain for a day or two. Once this has passed, do not be afraid to return to your normal oral health routine.
Inlays and onlays deteriorate with time and may need to be replaced. However, the majority of them have a lengthy life expectancy, ranging from 10 to 30 years. Please visit us at Keizer Family Dental or call us at (971) 345-8563 for frequent cleanings and check-ups at least twice a year, or as suggested, and to ensure your inlay or onlay is in good functioning order. We will guide you and talk about the best choice for you to help you regain confidence in your smile.