Unlocking the Secret to Strong, Beautiful Teeth with Inlays and Onlays
Welcome to Downtown Dental Group, a trusted destination for comprehensive dental care in Manhattan, KS, serving Riley, Zeandale, St. George, and the other surrounding areas. Here, the experienced hands of our Manhattan cosmetic dentists, Dr. Daniel Winter and Dr. Juliana Hall will help you embark on a mission to transform your dental experience. Learn more about dental inlays and onlays, including their ability to restore damaged teeth while preserving your natural dental structure.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays, also called “indirect fillings,” and “partial crowns” are more precise restorations than dental crowns and dental fillings. Inlays are used to cover the chewing surfaces and areas between the cusps (the pointed or rounded parts) of a tooth. They fit within the confines of the cusps.
Onlays are utilized when the damage or decay extends to one or more cusps of a tooth. They cover both the chewing surface and the cusps themselves. Both inlays and onlays can address a range of dental issues, from repairing damage to managing decay or wear.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Preservation of Healthy Tooth Structure
Inlays and onlays are conservative dental restorations that prioritize the preservation of your natural teeth. Unlike traditional fillings, they involve minimal removal of healthy tooth material, helping to maintain the structural integrity of your teeth. This approach not only promotes long-term oral health but also ensures that your teeth remain strong and functional.
Customized Fit and Aesthetics
Inlays and onlays are crafted to mimic the exact shape, size, and color of your tooth. This meticulous attention to detail ensures not only a natural appearance but also a comfortable fit that integrates seamlessly with your adjacent teeth.
Durability and Longevity
Constructed from durable materials like porcelain or composite resin, inlays and onlays offer a resilient solution for damaged teeth. Their robust nature ensures a long-lasting dental restoration, providing both functional and aesthetic benefits.
Resistance to Staining
Inlays and onlays provide impressive resistance to stains. Even with regular consumption of foods and beverages that may typically discolor teeth, these restorations can maintain their brightness and shine with proper maintenance.
Enhanced Chewing and Biting
By restoring the strength and function of damaged teeth, inlays and onlays empower you to chew and bite with confidence. This renewed functionality allows you to enjoy your favorite meals without discomfort or hesitation.
The Inlays and Onlays Process
Downtown Dental Group’s approach to inlays and onlays is characterized by precision and personalization. Here is a comprehensive breakdown of the procedure:
Your journey begins with a thorough consultation during your initial visit. Dr. Winter or Dr. Hall will conduct a comprehensive examination of your dental health and engage in a detailed discussion of your treatment goals. X-rays and impressions may be taken, offering a precise view of your dental needs.
The creation of your inlays or onlays is a process demanding meticulous attention to detail. Using advanced digital technology, technicians will make your inlays or onlays blend seamlessly with your existing dental structure.
Before the restoration process begins, any damaged or decayed areas of your tooth are gently removed. This step is performed under anesthesia and helps ensure the tooth is ready to receive the new restoration. Then, a detailed impression of the prepared tooth is taken. This impression serves as the blueprint for the creation of your custom inlay or onlay.
The final step of the procedure is your dentist placing your custom-crafted restoration. They’ll temporarily place the inlay or onlay to ensure the fit is right. Once they’re satisfied with the placement, they’ll use secure bonding techniques to permanently attach the restoration to the tooth.
Dr. Winter or Dr. Hall will make any necessary final adjustments to guarantee your comfort and ensure your bite is harmonious. These touches ensure your smile looks and feels entirely natural.
Inlays and Onlays Aftercare
Caring for your newly restored smile is essential for its longevity and continued brilliance. Dr. Hall and Dr. Winter recommend the following steps to keep your inlays or onlays strong and beautiful:
Uphold a robust oral hygiene routine that includes regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups. These practices are essential for preventing future dental issues and maintaining the health of your inlays or onlays.
Avoid Chewing Hazards
Protect your dental restorations and natural teeth by avoiding habits like chewing on ice or using your teeth to open packages. Such practices can lead to damage and compromise the longevity of your restorations.
Limit Staining Substances
Although inlays and onlays are highly resistant to staining, it’s advisable to limit the consumption of dark-colored foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine. This precaution will help maintain the brightness and radiance of your dental restorations.
Mouthguard for Teeth-Grinding
If you have a habit of grinding your teeth at night, consider wearing a custom-made mouthguard. This protective measure safeguards both your dental restorations and your natural teeth from the potential effects of teeth grinding.
Regular Dental Visits
Continue scheduling routine dental visits at Downtown Dental Group. These visits encompass professional cleanings and comprehensive check-ups, where our team ensures the ongoing health and longevity of your inlays or onlays.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, inlays and onlays can be an excellent choice for replacing old metal fillings. They provide a more conservative and aesthetically pleasing solution while maintaining the strength and function of the tooth.
With proper care and maintenance, inlays and onlays can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years or even longer. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices can extend their lifespan.
Inlays and onlays are versatile and can be used for both front teeth (incisors and canines) and back teeth (molars and premolars). Their application depends on the extent of damage or decay and the dentist’s assessment of the most appropriate treatment.
There are generally no dietary restrictions after getting inlays or onlays. However, it’s advisable to avoid extremely hard or sticky foods immediately after the procedure to prevent any potential damage to the restoration.
Transform Your Smile with Dental Inlays and Onlays
With Downtown Dental Group, you’re embarking on a journey to a healthier, more radiant smile. Discover the transformative power of inlays and onlays at our Manhattan, KS practice today. Call (785) 776-0097 to schedule your consultation or request an appointment online by filling out the contact form below. Elevate your smile to new heights of beauty and functionality with dental inlays and onlays, call today!