Although inlays and onlays are a common cosmetic dentistry procedure, many patients are not sure of their purpose. In fact, “What are inlays and onlays?” is a common question that Dr. Desai answers at Glendora Family Dentistry. This procedure may be ideal for you if Dr. Desai has discovered a cavity that he is unable to fill in the traditional way. It’s also useful to conceal large areas of decay that make one or more of your teeth appear darker than the others. Inlays and onlays also make a good option when you want to avoid a dental crown or you desire to replace older metal fillings.
Are Inlays and Onlays Different Things?
Although they serve a common purpose, inlays and onlays meet different dental needs. An inlay is most appropriate when you have a cavity or decay on the cusp on a single tooth. The bumps that you feel on the surface of a tooth are its cusp. Dr. Desai uses an onlay when you want to conceal cavities and decay on two or more teeth. Both affix to your teeth quite easily.
What to Expect When Receiving Inlays or Onlays
You need to visit Glendora Family Dentistry two separate times to receive your inlay or onlay. During the first session, Dr. Desai examines the affected teeth as well as all of the others. This is to ensure that your teeth are strong enough to hold the inlay or onlay. After taking an impression of the teeth to be treated, he sends this information to our laboratory. Our office will contact you to come in for a second appointment once your new inlay or onlay is ready. We are happy to provide you with a temporary fitting until we receive the permanent one.
Inlays and onlays are among the most durable of cosmetic dentistry equipment. They may even last for the rest of your life if you make a commitment to your oral hygiene. You can prevent additional tooth decay by brushing and flossing every morning and evening. This is because inlays and onlays keep bacteria out since Dr. Desai customizes them to the exact shape of your teeth. Please contact our office with additional questions or to schedule a consultation.