Inlays and onlays are a type of indirect dental restoration. They are sometimes referred to as “indirect fillings” because they are created outside of the mouth and cemented in place. They are larger dental restorations than fillings but not quite as large as dental crowns. Inlays and onlays are custom-fitted to your teeth and bonded to the tooth’s enamel. Inlays restore a cavity-affected tooth, while onlays cover one or more biting surfaces. The type of restoration that’s right for you will depend on how many surfaces are affected.
What happens during the procedure?
When our dentist determines that you are a candidate for an inlay or onlay, you’ll first undergo a thorough oral examination. During this examination, our dentist in Albuquerque NM will examine the affected teeth and determine the shade of white that matches your smile. Once detailed digital impressions of the tooth are taken, they will be sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate the restorations. Once done, they will be bonded to the tooth permanently using dental adhesives.
After the procedure, some patients may experience a little discomfort in the treatment area, especially when chewing, but most can return to work the same day. Most patients can eat and drink normally almost immediately after treatment.
Do inlays and onlays appear natural?
Both inlays and onlays are fabricated from tooth-colored materials. They can be made from composite resin or porcelain or a combination of the two. These materials can be shaded to match your natural teeth. Additionally, these materials can be stained to mask the appearance of certain types of damage.
To find out more about the dental services offered by our dentist Alicia Abeyta, call (505)-293-7611 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.