Inlays and Onlays
If your tooth has been impacted by decay or has suffered damage from a dental accident which has resulted in loss of tooth structure then you may require an inlay or onlay.
Inlays and onlays are used for severe problems with teeth, where the tooth has been damaged so much that it cannot support a filling. They are generally used before a crown is necessary, as a last resort to strengthen the remaining structure of the tooth. At MyDental Care we will always strive to maintain the structural integrity of your natural teeth.
What is an inlay?
An inlay is usually made out of tooth-coloured resin or amalgam and is placed in the cusps of the tooth. This treatment is most commonly performed when your teeth has decayed. This occurs when food debris and bacteria accumulate in the deep crevices of your teeth. Food then causes these bacteria to secrete a liquid which can erode the enamel and tooth structure. This is known as a cavity and when it worsens beyond the point of a filling we will install an inlay.
What is an onlay?
An onlay is installed when a significant part of the tooth structure is lost, usually extending from the cusp down the side of a tooth. An onlay restoration can be made with composite resin which can be built up and matched to the structure of your natural tooth. Before installing the restoration any unhealthy parts of the tooth will need to be removed. This means that any part that has decayed will need to be removed and cleaned so that no bacteria exist beneath the restoration.
Benefits of tooth coloured restorations
Tooth coloured restorations allow you to receive the restorative care you need without sacrificing the appearance of your smile. Amalgam and other metal alloy have been used in the past to restore damaged teeth, however this was found to be potentially dangerous to the general health of patients as well as unsightly when smiling with an open mouth. At MyDental Care it is our aim to ensure you have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible. This includes staying abreast with the latest techniques and technology which includes white/tooth coloured/porcelain dentistry.
Caring for your tooth after the restoration is complete
After your inlay or onlay has been installed you will be able to eat and drink like normal. You also won’t have to change your normal dental hygiene regime as your tooth will be practically the same as it was before the injury or decay occurred.
MyDental Care will care for you during your restorative treatment so that you can experience a healthier, durable and appealing smile.