Restorations are vital in the preservation of the patient’s dental health. Many risks are associated with damaged teeth which is why it is important to take the necessary measures as early as possible. Getting a prompt restoration procedure can ensure that the teeth structure can be preserved while restoring its appearance and overall function.
There are multiple dental restoration procedures available, and each one is guaranteed to cater to each patient’s specific needs. At West SoHo Dentistry, while we have multiple dental restorations available, we as well consider a conservative option for our patients. Inlays and Onlays are ideal for those patients who need their teeth restored but cannot be supported by fillings. Crowns may be too much of an option for the tooth, so Inlays and Onlays are best fitted for the treatment.
Difference Between Inlays and Onlays
Both may be indirect restorations that serve the same purpose, but there are some differences which makes them ideal for different situations.
Inlays are used to restore the damaged portion of a tooth located in its center without extending to the cusps. The cusps are the raised points of the teeth that are used for tearing and grasping foods. Premolars have two cusps, molars normally have four to five, while the Canine teeth have a single cusp.
Onlays on the other hand, are sometimes referred to as ”partial crowns.” They are used to restore the entire chewing surface of a tooth extending to the cusps. It is called as a partial crown since it does not include the sides of the teeth contrary to Crowns which covers the entire tooth.
How Are Inlays and Onlays Performed?
- Before starting the treatment, the dentist will first make sure that the patient is entirely comfortable by giving them topical anesthetics to numb the gums for the injection of the local anesthetic. It ensures that the patient would not feel any pain or discomfort.
- As soon as the patient is ready, the dentist will begin drilling the tooth that needs treatment. By doing so, they remove the damaged portion to make sure that there will be no underlying problem once the inlay or onlay is placed.
- Depending on the needed treatment, the dentist will shape the tooth properly if it needs an inlay or onlay. Afterward, the dentist will clean the tooth and remove any remaining debris.
- Once the tooth is ready, impressions will be taken to serve as the basis for the custom-creation of the Inlays or Onlays.
- The procedure usually requires two or more dental visits for the installment of the restorations. Temporary fillings will be placed to protect the exposed portions of the teeth from bacteria and further damage.
- If the Inlay or Onlay is ready, it will be cemented in place using a dental adhesive. Necessary adjustments can be performed to make sure that it would not affect the patient’s occlusions, speech, and smile.
Having a damaged tooth does not instantly mean that it needs to be extracted. Dentistry has several options made available for everyone including Inlays and Onlays that can help them recreate their smiles. Not only does it recreate their teeth structure, but also its overall appearance and function.
Aiming to restore and strengthen your teeth as natural as it was before? Contact us to know more about Inlays and Onlays in New York, NY. Schedule your appointment with West SoHo Dentistry.