Inlays and onlays can be used to restore a tooth and strengthen it after it has been damaged or has decayed.
How do inlays and onlays work?
Inlays and onlays work the same way and both are made in the lab before being attached to the tooth with bonding. The difference is how much tooth has been damaged or decayed as to which one will work. The dentist as Brooklin Village Dental Care can help you decide which one is right for you. An inlay fits in the cusps of the tooth while an onlay not only fits in the cusps but wraps over the tooth.
The procedure for inlays and onlays is basically the same and will require 2 visits to your dentist unless he or she has a lab in the office.
The first visit
You will be given a local anesthesia and the dentist will remove only what is necessary for damage or decay to restore the tooth. Next, a mold will be made of the tooth that needs to be restored and then sent to the lab. Then, a temporary inlay or onlay will be placed to protect the tooth until the permanent one is back from the lab.
The second visit
Once the permanent inlay or onlay is back you will return to the dentist office. First, the temporary will be taken off and the tooth cleaned. Next, the permanent will be placed to make sure it fits properly. Then, if it fits properly the inlay or onlay will be bonded to your tooth.
Caring for inlays and onlays
Your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice a day is all that is needed for you to do on your own.
You still need to have regular checkups and cleanings.