Need a filling? Your dentist might have an interesting alternative to offer you besides standard amalgam, gold or resin fillings or a crown. At Jane Clair Dental, we can examine your teeth and help you decide on a different solution to your dental problem. Porcelain inlays and onlays offer many advantages, and the procedure to get them is not more difficult than having other fillings.
What Are Porcelain Inlays and Onlays?
Porcelain inlays and onlays can take the place of ordinary fillings or a crown in many cases. They are also called indirect fillings because they are made in the dental lab before being placed on the affected tooth or teeth. They are made to match the natural color of surrounding teeth. Inlays fit inside tooth cavities while onlays can cover more area, including the cusps of the tooth.
Advantages of Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays offer several benefits and advantages over regular fillings and crowns. Here are some excellent benefits to consider:
- Conservative tooth restoration
- Don’t discolor over time
- Preserve more healthy tooth structure
- Easy to clean
- Fit better than traditional fillings
- Don’t shrink like composite fillings do
- Don’t stain
- Durable material
- Strengthens damaged tooth
- Seals tooth to keep out bacteria
- Les shaping required
- Can fit in tight places like between teeth
Procedure to Prepare for Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Although getting porcelain inlays and onlays takes place over two dental appointments, the procedure is easy and relatively comfortable for you. The dentist begins by administering local anesthetic. Next, he or she uses a dental drill to remove any decayed material and shapes the tooth to accept the dental inlays and onlays. The final step for the first appointment is to make impressions of your teeth so the dental lab can make the inlay or onlay.
Procedure for Getting Inlays or Onlays Placed
Once your dentist receives the inlay or onlay, you come in for your second appointment. The dentist checks the indirect filling for fit and makes adjustments as needed. Finally, your dentist cements the inlay or onlay into place. Your tooth is fixed and you’re ready to go!
Cost of Inlays and Onlays
There is no one standard cost for inlays or onlays. Each situation is evaluated separately. Your dentist can provide you with an estimate of the cost before you make a decision to go forward with the procedure. Factors that influence cost include:
- Size of indirect filling
- Experience of dentist
- Skill of inlay or onlay maker
- Where you live
- The location of the affected tooth within your mouth