Inlays and onlays are partial crowns or fillings that are used to treat low to moderate tooth decay. It completes the tooth by adding tooth colored composite resin, gold or porcelain custom manufactured inserts where the tooth doesn’t have much structure left due to decay.
Inlays are similar to the conventional fillings but the addressed area is within the bumps on the chewing surface of the tooth.
Onlays are extensive in a sense that they cover one or more bumps, hence called partial crowns.Learn More
If you have metal fillings that are unaesthetic or you have large cavities on your teeth that are not available to restore with conventional fillings, you are a good candidate for inlays & onlays.Book your consultation
The outcomes of Inlays & Onlays can be analyzed in three main categories: health-related, aesthetical, and psychological.
Decaying teeth can affect your overall facial aesthetics. It often looks bad and can cause a bad smell. Inlays and onlays can replace the missing part of the teeth due to decay and create harmony in your facial and oral aesthetics.
Tooth decay can cause aching and sensitivity. It may affect your appetite, and consequently other health issues may present themselves. After getting inlay/onlays you can enjoy eating without having any problems.
After the treatment, you’ll get rid of your insecurities and will be more confident with your smile. It will affect your mental health in a very positive way.
After having an inlay or onlay placed, you may experience some discomfort and sensitivity. It is important to follow your dentist's instructions for post-procedure care to ensure a smooth recovery. During the first week after your inlay or onlay procedure, you may experience some discomfort and sensitivity. This is normal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. You should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the inlay or onlay was placed until your dentist gives you the green light. It is also important to avoid eating hard, chewy, or sticky foods, as these can damage your inlay or onlay.
As the weeks go by, you should notice an improvement in your comfort level and a decrease in sensitivity. However, you may still experience some sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. This is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter sensitivity toothpaste. It is important to continue practicing good oral hygiene during your recovery. This includes brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash. You should also continue to visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. If you have any concerns or experience any unusual symptoms during your recovery, don't hesitate to contact your dentist.
After meeting with your dentist at their office during your consultation you express your expectations and the dentist checks the condition of your teeth. They will inform you about their professional opinion while taking your expectations and the condition of your teeth into consideration. Then, photos of your teeth will be taken for a 3D simulation. The size, model and color can be decided by you, and you can even choose the color from the tooth color chart. After deciding, on the first operation day teeth will be scraped and if there is a need for an extraction it will also take place on the first day. Temporary veneers will be put on and your dentist will prescribe you with painkillers and antibiotics. You will stay at the hotel for about 4-5 days. During your stay you will be visited by a wellbeing specialist, and if you’re having any problems your dentist will be contacted. After these 4-5 days, your permanent veneer will be applied and it will be all done.
If you are considering getting inlays or onlays, there are a few steps you can take to prepare for the procedure and ensure a successful outcome.
Here are the some instructions after having an inlay/onlay procedure.
After the first operation where a local anesthesia is used, you may feel numbness on your mouth but that will pass in a few hours. You can resume all your daily activities without any problem. Some tooth sensitivity can be present but it goes away within a few weeks. The temporary fillings can fall out, fracture or wear out in a month so make sure to get them replaced by the permanent inlays/onlays.