DENTAL INLAYS AND ONLAYS IN PITTSBURGH
When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, Dr. Pounds will often recommend using an inlay or onlay to repair it and give your tooth back its functionality and natural appearance. This process can be easily completed in our downtown Pittsburgh dental office in just two appointments.
Inlay and Onlay Use
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. Each option is designed to offer special benefits and avoid more extensive or unsightly treatment
- An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An inlay is Dr. Pounds’ method of choice when faced with a tooth that needs a filling, as an alternative to the old fashioned silver / mercury amalgams.
- An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth. An onlay is Dr. Pounds’ recommendation when the tooth in question is not so badly damaged that a crown is required.
Traditionally, gold was the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth.
Inlays and onlays require two appointments to complete the procedure.
The first visit for an inlay or only consists of three steps:
- The filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay.
- To ensure proper fit and bite, an impression of the tooth is made and sent to a lab for fabrication.
- A temporary sealant is applied to the tooth to protect it.
Inlays and onlays restore the biting surface of a damaged tooth, it’s functionality, and natural appearance. Dr. Pounds can complete the procedure in just two appointments. Call us today to set up a consultation.Request an Appointment
At the second visit, installation of the inlay or onlay is completed.
- The temporary sealant is removed.
- Dr. Pounds will make sure that the prepared inlay or onlay fits correctly.
- The inlay or onlay is then bonded to the tooth with a strong resin, and polished to a smooth finish.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50 percent. In contrast, inlays and onlays can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75 percent. They also last much longer than traditional fillings, between 10 and 30 years if proper professional and home preventive care is followed.
If you have a cavity, an old, silver / mercury filling, or a lightly chipped or cracked tooth, request an appointment to consult with Dr. Pounds about if an inlay or only would be right for you.