Dental Inlays & Onlays in Garland, TX

Strengthen Damaged Teeth

Dental Inlays and Onlays - My Family Dentist Garland

Inlays and Onlays are a solution which is often used to restore the biting surface of a damaged tooth. Unlike a filling, inlays and onlays can be used to restore more than half of a tooth’s biting surface all at once, making them a better option for patients with more severe damage to their teeth.

Inlays and Onlays are typically made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. A custom piece is sized to fit exactly into the biting surface of the treated tooth, and is bonded directly to the damaged area. Inlays are similar to fillings and are used inside the cusps of the tooth. Onlays are generally a more substantial procedure and are used as a reconstruction of one of the outer cusps of the tooth.

Gold has been used for inlays and onlays most often over the past few decades. However, in recent years porcelain has become more popular because of its strength and color matching capabilities.

Inlay and Onlay Procedures

The placement of inlays and onlays generally requires two appointments to complete. During the first appointment, the filling which will be replaced by the inlay or onlay is removed in preparation for the bonding of the new porcelain fitting. After the filling has been removed, Dr. Heaton will take an impression of the treated tooth which will be prepared into a custom porcelain fitting at our lab. A temporary sealant is applied to the tooth and the next appointment is scheduled in accordance with the time our lab takes to finish the inlay or onlay.

During the second appointment, the temporary sealant will be removed and Dr. Heaton will test the fit of the new inlay or onlay. When we have determined that the restorative piece fits correctly, it will be bonded to the tooth with a powerful resin and polished to a natural finish.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and Onlays can help to strengthen a damaged tooth by up to 75 percent, as opposed to traditional fillings which can reduce the overall strength of a tooth by 50 percent. Part of this added strength comes from the high-strength resins which firmly bond the porcelain piece to the damaged tooth. Inlays and onlays are designed to be strong enough to last up to 30 years as long as they are maintained properly. If the tooth is too damaged for an inlay, but is not enough to merit an entire crown, onlays are a great solution.

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