Inlays & Onlays
Frequently Asked Questions
Inlays and onlays are custom-made restorations that are used to repair damaged or decayed teeth. Inlays are used to repair the chewing surface of a tooth, while onlays are used to repair the chewing surface and one or more of the cusps (points) of a tooth.
Inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, composite resin, and gold. The choice of material will depend on the location and extent of the damage, as well as your personal preferences.
The process of placing inlays and onlays typically involves two appointments with your dentist. At the first appointment, your dentist will prepare your tooth by removing any decayed or damaged tissue and taking impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab, where your custom inlay or onlay will be fabricated. At the second appointment, your dentist will bond the inlay or onlay to your tooth using a special dental adhesive.
Inlays and onlays offer several advantages over traditional fillings, including greater strength and durability, better protection for the natural tooth structure, and a more natural appearance. They can also be used to repair larger areas of damage or decay than traditional fillings.
The lifespan of inlays and onlays can vary depending on a number of factors, including the material used, the quality of the bonding process, and how well you care for your teeth. In general, inlays and onlays can last up to 10 years or more with proper care and maintenance.
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