Many dentists apply inlays and onlays to address damage to a tooth’s biting surface. Under ideal conditions, these porcelain, gold or composite-resin restorations can actually strengthen teeth by up to 75 per cent and last anywhere from 10 to 30 years thanks to their extra-strong resins. By comparison, traditional fillings can weaken a natural tooth by up to 50 per cent.
Inlays or onlays are usually considered ideal options for teeth with damage to over half their biting surfaces.
An INLAY functions essentially the same as a filling, bonding to the damaged tooth’s cusp tips.
An ONLAY extends more substantially to cover one or more of the tooth’s cusps. Though dentists have traditionally favored gold inlays and onlays, the strength of porcelain and its comparable coloration to natural tooth enamel has made it an increasingly popular option year after year.
Attaching an inlay or onlay is a two-appointment process, the first of which is devoted to preparing damaged teeth by removing all fillings to be replaced and possibly extracting severely damaged or decaying portions of the targeted teeth themselves. Next, we will create an impression of the targeted teeth that will aid a lab in fabricating inlays or onlays that fit with a proper bite. Dr. Anil Rick Soordhar and Dr. Sunil Vick Soordhar will conclude by applying a temporary sealant to the teeth before scheduling the second appointment.
The next visit begins with removing the temporary sealant. After ensuring that the inlays or onlays fit as intended, we will bond them to the affected teeth with a durable resin and polish them to a smooth, natural finish that blends them seamlessly with natural enamel.