If you are over a certain age, you may still have one or two metal fillings. Over time, it is very likely that these metal fillings will become damaged or fall out. These are old dental technology – porcelain onlays and inlays are one modern solution to tooth damage.
What are onlays and inlays?
A filling is used after damaged tissue is removed from a tooth, to fill in the space left. Onlays and inlays aren’t just fillings; however, they aren’t as extensive a repair as crowns are, because crowns cover the entire tooth.
When a tooth is too damaged for a filling to fix, an inlay or onlay is used. An onlay covers more of a damaged tooth than an inlay but less than a crown would. Inlays are not big enough to extend over a tooth’s cusp, and this is the main difference between the two.
How do I get an onlay or inlay?
Onlays and inlays are made just for you and your teeth. First, the dentist will make a mold of your teeth so that the onlay or inlay will fit you perfectly. He or she will also check the natural color of your teeth so that the restoration can be made in the same color. You may get a temporary onlay or inlay while your permanent one is being made. When the permanent one is ready, your dentist will use a special cement to glue it on. This not only holds it in place, but it adds a seal to protect your tooth against bacteria.
Why should I get an onlay or inlay?
Onlays and inlays are made of porcelain, which can be colored to match your natural teeth – no one will even be able to tell you have a restoration. They are tough, durable, and resistant to damage, and they can last up to 30 years.
If you have damaged teeth, an onlay or inlay may be the perfect solution. Call Arlington Dental Aesthetics in Arlington or South Riding Smiles in South Riding. Contact the Arlington office at (703) 214-3183 or the South Riding Smiles office at (703) 214-3185 for an appointment!