Inlays & Onlays in Frisco, TX
Our dentist will make a skilled assessment of the level of damage your tooth’s biting surface has. Many times she will then treat your tooth using an inlay or onlay.
Dental Inlays and Onlays Explained
Inlays and onlays are comprised of composite resin, porcelain, or gold. They are bonded to the portion of your tooth that has been damaged. An inlay, which is similar to a standard filling, is then placed inside the cusp tips of your tooth. An onlay requires more reconstruction. An onlay is similar to an inlay but extends to multiple cusps of the tooth.
Previously the material of choice by most patients and dentists was gold. Over time, porcelain has become most prevalent because porcelain offers increased strength, quality of coloring, and the capacity to more closely match your natural tooth color.
How We Apply Onlays
Having an inlay or onlay placed at Redemption Dental Frisco will require multiple appointments to complete. During your first appointment, our dentist will replace the old filling, or the damaged/decaying portion of the tooth may be removed. At your following visit, our dentist Dr. Amy Sojourner-Critz will prepare your tooth to receive the inlay or onlay. In preparation for this appointment, she will send the impression made in our office to a lab for fabrication. Occasionally, the fabrication can be handled locally in our office. A temporary sealant will be placed on your tooth until your final inlay or onlay is placed.
At your next appointment, we will begin with the removal of the sealant. Dr. Amy Sojourner-Critz will verify the fit of the inlay or onlay for proper seating. When a proper fit is achieved, she will bond the tooth and the inlay or onlay with a strong resin. The final step will be to polish the tooth to a smooth finish.
Are Inlays and Onlays Right for Me?
While traditional fillings are a common treatment, they may lower the integrity or strength of your natural tooth by up to 50 percent, according to the American Dental Association. Dr. Amy Sojourner-Critz has used inlays and onlays as highly successful alternatives to traditional fillings for many years. By directly bonding to the tooth and its high-strength resin, our dentist can increase the strength of your tooth by up to 75 percent. We find the life span of an inlay or onlay to be 10-plus years. For some patients whose oral care does not require a full dental crown, we find an inlay or onlay is the most effective form of treatment to successfully raise their overall oral health.
Traditional fillings may reduce the strength of a natural tooth by as much as 50 percent. Alternatively, inlays and onlays, when bonded directly onto your tooth using special high-strength resins, will actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75 percent. These results can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. In many cases, where the damage to your tooth is not extreme or warrants an entire dental crown, our dentist will recommend onlays as a highly successful alternative.