Inlays and Onlays Near You
Teeth can sustain damage that is too extensive for a simple filling but not extensive enough to require a crown. In which case, an inlay or onlay can be the best option for restoring the damaged tooth.
Inlays and onlays are “indirect” fillings, which simply means they are designed at a dental laboratory and then cemented into place (in the patient’s tooth) at our NE Calgary dental clinic. Alternatively, “direct fillings” are completed in one single office visit and are applied directly to the cavity.
An inlay is characterized as an indirect filling that fits within the little points or cusps of a back (premolar or molar) tooth. Whereas an onlay covers one or more of these cusps.
Receiving Inlays and Onlays in NE Calgary
If you’re interested in receiving inlays or onlays near you, the process is similar to receiving dental crowns. However, an important distinction is that inlays and onlays are a conservative type of treatment as they preserve more of the natural tooth structure. In contrast, a tooth will undergo substantial reshaping if it is being prepared for a crown.
The first step involved in the inlay or onlay procedure is to administer a local anesthetic. This will numb the area surrounding the tooth in order before removing the decay. Removing the decay will prevent it from advancing and progressing deeper into the affected tooth.
Once the tooth has been prepared, our dentist will take an impression of the tooth. The dental impression is used to create the custom inlay or onlay. Final restorations can be made out of gold or a tooth-coloured ceramic resin. A temporary filling will be affixed to the affected tooth until the permanent restoration is ready. During the second visit, the permanent inlay or onlay is cemented into place.
Inlays and onlays near you are extremely strong, durable, and long-lasting. With the proper care, these restorations can last for years to come. Patients should ensure they are practicing good oral hygiene and visiting their NE Calgary, AB T1Y 6L4 dentist regularly.
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