Inlays & Onlays
You can’t deny it any longer. You have a pesky painful tooth. Do you leave it alone, and hope that it goes away, or do you try and do something about it before it’s too late? If you get to the place where you want to do something about that pesky tooth, we can help. Give BayView Dental a minute to give you some information on restorative procedures that will help strengthen your teeth and help save it. We’re talking about inlays and onlays.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
These two restorative procedures are used to cover a large hole in your tooth. The hole is usually caused by a cavity. Usually, cavities are along the sides of a tooth. Sometimes, they are close to the gumline as well. No matter where a cavity occurs, they are all caused the same way. Cavities are caused by bacteria. Bacteria work to bore holes in your teeth over time. If you take care of your teeth, bacteria can’t progress to cause a cavity. If your cavity doesn’t get treated, it will continue to grow. It will eventually reach the inside of your tooth, and it can cause an infection. You might even lose the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are made of porcelain or composite. Some people prefer them to be made of gold or silver, although this is rarer. Both inlays and onlays are used to repair biting surfaces of the tooth so that the pressure of biting into food doesn’t break into your tooth. Inlays cover the biting surface between the cusps of your tooth. They have to be strong because of the amount of pressure you put on your teeth when you chew. Onlays cover the biting surface of your tooth, including the cusps. The cusps help you to tear and chew food, and they are necessary. Onlays also have to be stronger than a regular filling because you have to be able to chew your food without pain. Both inlays and onlays are an important part of restorative dentistry.
How Are They Made?
Usually, inlays and onlays are made for your specific tooth. We may have to take an impression of your tooth to make an inlay or onlay. Once the inlay or onlay is made, it is then cemented to your tooth. Of course, we will need to drill out the cavity to remove it before we cement the inlay or onlay into your mouth.
Inlays and onlays need to be cared for much like other dental fillings. Make sure you are brushing and flossing regularly because you don’t want to get any more cavities. Don’t chew on ice or other hard substances, such as hard candy on the tooth surface where you have inlays or onlays. Inlays and onlays aren’t as tough as your teeth, even though they are made of composite or porcelain. If you take care of your inlay or onlay, it should last you for a lifetime. If you have a question about inlays or onlays, call one of our 7 convenient locations now!