At Star Dental Riverside, we believe in saving patients teeth whenever possible. Our goal is to rejuvenate your teeth look and function. We want to achieve these goals through conservative means first. So if you have damaged teeth, our dentists in Riverside can help. Inlays & Onlays are perfect for teeth that need more than a filling but not a full dental crown.
Inlay or Onlay is a treatment in the field of restorative dentistry. The procedure restores the cusp, i.e., the chewing surface of your damaged tooth. Porcelain is a favorite in dentistry because of its beauty, strength, and durability. Our Inlays and Onlays last as long as 15 years or even more with proper care.
What Are Inlays?
Think of an Inlay is a type of partial dental crown. They cover specific areas of your tooth. The very top of your teeth has both cusps known as peaks. And between these peaks are valleys. When the protective covering is placed in these valleys, they’re called Inlays.
What Are Onlays?
When the partial crown covers the peaks of your tooth surface, they’re called Onlays.
Why You Need An Inlay Or Onlay?
There are many reasons why patients need an inlay or an onlay. Dentists will recommend them in cases of:
- Damaged or broken tooth
- Severe tooth decay
- Broken fillings
- Large fillings
- Cosmetic issues
What Are The Benefits?
Getting Inlays Or Onlays will help your dental health in many ways such as:
- Providing extra strength and tooth support. This allows teeth to take on more chewing pressure while eating.
- Will last longer than traditional fillings.
- Less enamel removal thus preserving more of your natural tooth.
- A seamless blend of color and shape to your natural teeth.
- Fast treatment times. Procedure can be done in one appointment for many cases.
- Useful in restoring a failed dental filling.
As far as inlays are concerned, they are useful for minor restoration. Onlays, on the other hand, help treat more severe tooth decays.
Are There Any Potential Complications With Treatment?
There’s low risk associated with Inlays or Onlays since it’s a conservative treatment. While risks are minimal, some potential ones are:
- allergic reactions to the inlay or onlay
- allergies to the local anesthetic used
- decaying teeth from damage to the sealant
- injury to the gum or mouth
- teeth hot or cold sensitivity
Our reliable and experienced dentists will go over any potential risks. Star Dental wants all patients to have the right information to make the best choices.
What’s The Treatment Process?
Having over 20 years of experience in dental care, we take all our patients seriously. We recommend two appointments for the inlay or onlay procedure.
In the first appointment, dental experts from our Riverside office will get rid of the old fillings and decay. After that, they will clean up the affected area and shape your cusps. Once this is done, impressions are taken, and you’re provided with a temporary filling. The temp filling will help to keep the affected part clean.
During the second visit, our dentistry experts will take extreme care in placing your inlay or onlay, making necessary alterations to ensure a perfect fit and comfort.
Will I Feel Any Pain During The Procedure?
Getting Inlays or Onlays is a relatively pain-free procedure. Our cosmetic dentists will apply a local anesthetic to the problem tooth. Patient comfort during treatment is always a massive consideration for dental office.
So, contact us today if you’re having chewing or painful tooth symptoms. We take pride in being able to save our patient’s teeth. Our office mission is to improve your oral health for a better quality of life.