Understanding the Function of Dental Inlays and Onlays

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Dental Inlays and Onlays in Canberra

Inlays and onlays are not the most widely known of dental treatments, but they provide an invaluable service to people with decay between the cusps of their teeth. In between the cusps, or protruding outer points of your teeth, decay will form and threaten the structural integrity of a tooth. Inlays are placed in this area between the cusps and are typically made of porcelain, making them undetectable. Onlays are similar except they solve larger problems, as in when decays extends all the way to tooth cusps.

The Versatility of Inlays and Onlays

The primary function of inlays and onlays is to fill areas of decay with durable synthetic materials. However, they can also be used to replace silver and gold fillings. Inlays and onlays are a far more attractive solution and are as durable as the best crowns. You will not have to worry about decay spreading and will be able to maintain uniformity in terms of enamel in your mouth. Porcelain is the material that is the closest equivalent of all to your teeth’s natural enamel. If you have old metal fillings you want replaced, inlays and onlays are an effective solution.

The Benefits of Inlays/Onlays

Inlays and onlays can help you stop decay cycles in your teeth. Once you let cavities extend, you may be forced to get a crown. If the decay continues inside the crown, you may eventually lose the tooth and be forced to have bridgework or implants in the empty space. Inlays and onlays help you avoid these costly procedures. On the negative side, there are almost no risks associated with inlays and onlays. They act mainly as exterior fillings. The only issue you might experience is the sensitivity which can occur following certain types of dental work.

A Set of Two Appointments traditionally or single appointment with CEREC

It takes two appointments to complete the inlay and onlay procedure. During your initial visit to the dentist, an impression will be taken and sent to a laboratory. While the inlay is constructed, your dentist gives you a temporary inlay to wear. At the second visit, you have the temporary part removed and your dentist sets in the permanent inlay. Onlays follow the same procedure. Both are attached to teeth with high-caliber resins so they are sure to stay in place.

With Cerec available in our Queanbeyan based dental practice the inlays of onlays takes only single visit.

A Convenient and Safe Solution

Inlays and onlays offer a convenient solution to stopping the further decay of teeth. If you want to replace metal fillings, they offer attractive alternatives. Porcelain used for inlays and inlays can be matched to the color and consistency of the teeth in your mouth. Ask your dentist about these procedures when you want to treat decay forming in between the cusps of back teeth.

To find more about CEREC inlays or inlays or about our full range of cosmetic treatments and general dentistry treatments by our professional and skilled team of dentists in Canberra. Click on the links or contact us to find local dentists in Queanbeyan Canberra.