Inlays and Onlays
Is your smile fading because of a dental issue? Have you thought about restoring your damaged tooth? At Supreme Dental Care, we believe everyone deserves a perfect smile. Whether your tooth is damaged from decay or physical trauma, our dentists use the latest inlay and onlay technologies. Stop living with damaged teeth. Contact our office today and let’s start the journey to full dental restoration!
What are Dental Inlays and Onlays? | The Durability of Technology
Your teeth work as one unit. Together, the entire dental system joins forces to chew food and reveal your gorgeous smile. But what happens when you have a damaged or decayed tooth? Just like a machine with a broken part, the entire operation shuts down.
If you have a broken tooth due to trauma, or if it’s been weakened by decay, far more than your smile is affected. In severe cases, a damaged makes even chewing a painful task. This is where our skilled dentists in Glen Waverley spring into action.
Both inlays and onlays reinforce damaged teeth to look and work better. Let’s look at their differences:
How It Works | Exploring Inlays & Onlays
Dental inlays reform your tooth’s chewing surface. Many patients prefer this option over a traditional metal amalgam filling to treat cavities. Made out of composite resin or coloured porcelain, inlays are ideal for visible teeth as it closely matches the natural colour of your teeth.
Known as indirect fillings, dental onlays are recommended when your tooth requires complete structural repair. If a significant portion of your tooth is damaged from decay or trauma, onlays are often preferred. Instead of fitting into a tooth, an onlay acts as a protective shell by being cemented over the tooth.
Inlay and Onlay Procedures
After evaluating your damaged tooth, your dentist will recommend either inlays or onlays. Both procedures typically require two separate appointments. During your first appointment, your dentist will prepare your tooth for an inlay or onlay by:
- Numbing the area with a local anaesthetic
- Removing any decay and preparing your tooth’s surface
- Taking an impression, or mould, of your teeth
- Installing a temporary covering to protect the prepared tooth
Your tooth impression is sent off to the laboratory, where your permanent inlay or onlay is made. This process can take up to two weeks. At your second appointment, your dentist will:
- Numb the area with a local anaesthetic
- Remove the temporary tooth covering and clean the tooth
- Install your new inlay or onlay and evaluate its fit and function
- Make adjustments until it’s perfect and then cement it into place