Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida
Inlays and onlays help restore damaged or decayed teeth in a similar manner as a filling. There are times in which a tooth just needs a simple composite filling but when extensive decay is present, sometimes an inlay or onlay is the best option. Inlays and onlays repair teeth that are too far-gone for a filling, but not quite damaged enough to need a dental crown. Inalys and onlays are made of either composite resin (a mixture of plastic and glass) or ceramic and are custom-made to fit your tooth. The material is permanently bonded to the tooth and made to last for years.
What is the difference between an inlay and an onlay?
Inlays are used when only the chewing surface of the tooth needs repair. If more of the tooth is damaged, the tooth may require an onlay, which covers the chewing surface and the cusps (bumps) of the tooth.
How long is a procedure for an inlay or onlay?
It depends on the condition of your tooth and the type of inlay/only your tooth needs. Inlays and onlays can either be direct or indirect. Direct inlays/onlays can be made and placed at the dentist office in the same visit. An indirect procedure requires a dental laboratory to handcraft the inlay/onlay, which is bonded to your tooth during a second visit. Dr. Benson will determine which method is best for you.
What do inlays and onlays look like?
Once bonded to your tooth, an inlay/onlay will blend in with your natural teeth. No one will even be able to tell you have one. Plus, the material is smooth, so you will not be able to notice it is there when you feel it or when you chew or bite.
How do I care for my inlay/onlay after the procedure?
Just like your natural teeth, brush and floss all your teeth as recommended by Dr. Benson. The teeth that have an inlay or an onlay are no different from the rest of the teeth in your mouth. Brush and floss them all!
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