Inlays and onlays in Kaufman are used to target specific areas of teeth and restore them to their original shape and splendor. While these materials are made from gold and porcelain, they can also be made from composite resin. Much like a filling, an inlay is used inside the tooth, which is also known as the cusp. In contrast, onlays address multiple cusps of teeth, therefore making it more extensive in its reconstruction. While gold has always been the traditional material used, porcelain has become far more popular thanks to its durability and natural esthetics.
To receive inlays and onlays, you’ll need to schedule two appointments. The first will be to either replace your current filling or restore the damaged/decaying area of the tooth. Then, the tooth will be prepared for the restoration. In order to ensure that your bite is even and that the restoration fits properly, we’ll capture an impression of your tooth and send it to our dental lab for fabrication. To protect your tooth, we’ll apply a dental sealant while the permanent tooth is being created.
Once you arrive for your second appointment, we’ll remove the temporary sealant and place the inlay or onlay. After confirming that it fits correctly, we’ll bond the restoration to the tooth using a strong resin. Finally, the restoration is polished so that it carries a smooth finish.
While it is true that traditional dental fillings can strengthen teeth up to 50 percent, onlays and inlays take that strength up a notch. They can strengthen teeth as much as 75 percent, mainly because they are bonded directly to teeth using powerful resin material. They can easily last between 10 and 30 years when properly maintained. If your tooth does not need a whole crown, an inlay or onlay is a great option.
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