Dental inlays and dental onlays are common treatments used to repair weakened or severely decayed teeth, providing them with the strength they need to function normally.
Differences Between Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays
While dental fillings are more commonly used to treat cavities, inlays and onlays are used to repair extensive damage to a tooth as a result of severe decay. In some cases, inlays and onlays may be used to replace older fillings or to help strengthen areas of a tooth that the filling alone cannot protect.
Receiving inlays and onlays requires two visits to our office. During your first visit, Dr. Novak will remove any previous dental work as necessary to prepare your tooth for treatment. He will take an impression of the tooth to ensure that your inlay or onlay is made to fit perfectly. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory for a dental technician to create your custom inlay or onlay.
Dr. Novak will place a temporary sealant over the affected tooth to ensure that it stays protected while your inlay or onlay is designed and made between your first and second visit. Once your inlay or onlay is created, we will schedule a second appointment with you, in which Dr. Novak will remove your temporary sealant to test the fit of your new dental work.
Once he has determined that the inlay or onlay fits correctly, Dr. Novak will bond the dental work to your tooth with a strong resin, followed by a polish for a smooth finish.
Inlays and onlays are made to fit the contours of your tooth perfectly, so you can continue to eat and speak normally. They are long lasting and increase the strength and stability of your tooth. To learn more about inlays and onlays, give our office a call today!