Inlays and onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are two dental restoration methods that are used to restore normal tooth structure. If your tooth is mildly damaged or cracked, but not too damaged in which case the dental crown is needed, dental inlays and onlays may be the perfect choice for you.
Dental inlays and onlays are the perfect choice when the filling is not an option, nor is the crown. This means that tooth is damaged or cracked, but the damage is high for the filling to fix it, and not as big to need a crown.
These two methods are often used when some of the old fillings need to be replaced or completely removed. During the first appointment, the dentist will remove the old filling, and will take the tooth impression. During the second visit, the dentist will cement inlay or onlay into place.
Compared to metal fillings, inlays and onlays are a much better solutions. First of all, they are very durable and can last up to thirty years. In addition to durability, they are strong, thus, they will strengthen the tooth structure. While traditional fillings reduce the tooth strength, they are doing the completely opposite thing. Also, inlays and onlays protect the teeth.
The procedure is quite simple. It takes two visits to the dentist. The each visit usually takes about an hour. After the procedure, you will probably need some time to get used to the new tooth service. This doesn’t take long. After a short period of time, you will get used to it completely. You can also count on the nice, natural appearance.