If you suffer from tooth decay or chipped and broken teeth, then dental inlays and onlays can be used to repair your teeth at Bramwest Family Dental. If your Brampton dentist finds you’re your teeth are too damaged for you to be a candidate for a filling, but healthy enough to avoid needing a crown, your dentist may suggest that you have an inlay or onlay procedure instead. Inlays and onlays are a way to preserve the original tooth structure so that you do not need to have teeth extracted.
Inlays and onlays are durable and can last as long as thirty years. They can also strengthen the tooth while metal fillings diminish the strength of the natural tooth. Inlays and onlays are useful in preventing more expensive dental treatments in the future.
Like a dental filling, a dental inlay is applied onto a portion on the top of the tooth. Your dentist will numb the area using a local anesthetic. Damage or decay on the tooth are removed by a dental drill, and the area is prepared. A mold will be taken of your tooth, which will be used to create your onlay or inlay. Your onlay or inlay will match your tooth exactly so that it fits perfectly and matches your tooth shade naturally. Onlays cover a larger portion of your teeth and may require the top of the tooth, also called the cusps, to be removed to fit. Onlays and inlays may be used to replace previous fillings.
Our dentist at Bramwest Family Dental will discuss the different options in material with you. Porcelain and composite resin can match your tooth’s natural shade closely while gold can be used for aesthetic purposes. The cost points for the different materials vary and so we are happy to go over the differences in materials and durability at your consultation. The procedure normally takes two visits to our dental office in Brampton, ON. The first appointment is when the area is prepared, and an impression is taken to create your inlay or onlay. A temporary filling may be put in place until your inlay or onlay is placed at the second appointment. The inlay or onlay will be polished and adhered to place perfectly by your dentist.
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