If you have a toothache, you may need to get a filling or crown placed on top of your tooth. However, if a filling isn’t suitable for your damaged tooth, or if the tooth damage isn’t substantial enough to need a crown put in place, then you may require either an inlay or an onlay. At Just Dental Group, we have vast knowledge when it comes to inlay and onlay tooth restoration materials. Our dental clinic in Prahran offers dental inlays and onlays at a fair price.
Our dentist will inject a local anaesthetic into the gums surrounding the tooth that needs to be treated, as well as applying a topical anaesthetic if required. This anaesthetic will numb the pain of the procedure.
Your dentist will take out the damaged part of the tooth using a dental drill. They’ll file down particular parts of the tooth to prepare it so the inlay or onlay will stick to it.
The dentist will make a mould impression of the tooth. They’ll use this impression to create a custom inlay or onlay that’s shaped and sized perfectly so it will fit over the tooth correctly.
You will be asked to attend a follow up appointment at our clinic a few weeks after your first appointment. Your dentist will take out the temporary inlay or onlay they put in during your previous appointment and put in the permanent one using a durable and permanent cement. They’ll smooth and polish the inlay or onlay to make sure it won’t scrape your mouth or tongue and ensure the bite feels comfortable.
Dental inlays and onlays are materials, usually made out of porcelain, composite resin, zirconia or gold, that are placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to repair it.
The main difference between an inlay and onlay is the part of and how much of the tooth that they cover. Dental inlays cover a tooth’s pits and fissures, particularly between the cusps of the chewing surface, while dental onlays are placed over one or more cusps and down the side of a tooth if required.
Dental inlays are placed in the middle region of the tooth, whereas dental onlays are placed on a tooth’s inside and outside points.
Dental inlays and onlays are needed when a filling won’t be adequate for treating a damaged tooth, but when the damage is also not bad enough to warrant having a full crown put in. They’re commonly put in over teeth that are decayed, chipped or cracked.