When a large cavity exists in a tooth, a filling used to be the standard remedy. Years ago, this was done with a silver ‘amalgam’ material. Over the years, much controversy has loomed over the safety of the mercury content in amalgam. As a result, many people have had amalgam fillings removed due to the concerns.
In many offices, non-amalgam fillings began to take the place of the mercury laden material. Although the contents no longer contained mercury, the look failed to provide a natural feel and tooth-like appearance. This is where inlays and onlays emerged to provide ideal options.
Inlays and onlays are perfect for people who don’t require a full crown but have a large area for a filling. These are custom-made, porcelain pieces that fit precisely into the tooth to replace the portion that is has been removed due to decay or a break.
Not only do inlays and onlays give a beautiful look and feel, they will not expand as is the potential for fillings. When fillings expand over time, fractures and cracks can occur.
Shade matching is exceptional. The inlay or onlay will blend with your natural tooth beautifully. And, it will feel and function natural as well.
This is a two-step procedure, much like as with a crown or veneer. It begins by preparing the tooth. You are fully numbed during the procedure. A temporary is placed for you to wear while a dental lab creates the final porcelain result. In a couple of weeks, you’ll return for the placement of your inlay or onlay. During this appointment, your temporary will be removed and your tooth will be completed!
Another bonus to inlays and onlays is their longevity. Like crowns, they provide exceptional durability, strength and lasting power.
When a tooth needs repair that requires something more substantial than a simple filling, let’s discuss an inlay or onlay.