Porcelain Inlays and Onlays in Chatswood
Sometimes a tooth needs to be restored with a filling.
Sometimes the damage is more extensive, and a crown is required.
And sometimes, an in-between treatment is needed that provides more coverage than a filling but doesn’t require complete concealment of the tooth. In this case, the right solution might be an inlay or an onlay.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Like fillings, inlays and onlays are used to repair damage, often caused by decay. Like crowns, these restorations are crafted from durable porcelain in a professional dental lab.
Inlays and onlays are custom-crafted for each individual case. The restoration is made using impressions of a prepared tooth, but unlike a crown, the inlay or onlay only covers one or two surfaces of the tooth rather than fitting over the top all the way down to the gumline. This means that treatment can be more conservative and more healthy tooth structure can be preserved.
What Is the Difference between an Inlay and an Onlay?
The difference is simply how much coverage each restoration provides and where the restoration is placed. Inlays cover a smaller area or surface of the tooth while onlays protect one or more cusps of the tooth (the chewing surface) and are therefore stronger for greater protection.
How Are Inlays and Onlays Placed?
Inlays and onlays are placed in a process very similar to that of crowns. We’ll treat the decay and remove the damaged portion of your tooth. Next, we’ll take impressions and images of the tooth, which the lab will use when crafting your restoration. A temporary restoration will be placed to protect the prepared tooth.
Once your new restoration is ready, you’ll return to our Chatswood dental office and your dentist will test the restoration in place to check the fit and appearance. When both you and your dentist are pleased, the restoration will be permanently bonded into place.
Caring for your inlay or onlay is just as easy as caring for a natural tooth. Brush and floss as instructed and return to our practice for your routine check-ups. While your porcelain restoration can’t decay, the tooth structure beneath it and at the edges can, so it’s important to keep up with your home hygiene routine and regular professional cleanings.
We design restorations to look natural and blend in with your smile. Porcelain is naturally strong and stain-resistant, but it isn’t impervious to damage! Use appropriate caution when biting into foods that may contain pits, seeds, or bones to avoid damaging the inlay or onlay.
Is It Time for a Check-Up?
Decay starts silently, causing no symptoms until it is fairly well advanced. If it’s been a while since your last check-up, you might have tooth decay and not even be aware of it.
Don’t wait until it hurts. This usually indicates the need for more extensive treatment. Call our practice today to schedule your next appointment!