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Like an old plaster cast or pair of crutches covered in the colorful signatures of former classmates, a mouth full of silver amalgam fillings used to be a symbol of childhood dental rights of passage, at least up until a decade or two ago. Advances in cosmetic dentistry have made it possible to fix one or many cavities with tooth colored fillings that can fool everyone into thinking that you and your family have the healthiest teeth and oral hygiene habits in town!
While it is possible to have older silver fillings replaced for cosmetic reasons, it may not be practical or necessary for every person. However, some metallic dental fillings can become damaged over time, and require removal or replacement to protect the health of the remaining tooth.
What are Dental Inlays and Onlays?
In addition to replacing old metal fillings, inlays and onlays are dental restorations used to repair mild to moderate chips, cracks, decay, or damage to the rear teeth. They are most often used when the damage to the tooth is too extensive for a traditional filling, but not severe enough to require a crown. Like fillings, inlays fit over the top edges of the tooth (cusp tips). Onlays are used for more extensive damage, and fit over the edges of the tooth. They are designed using a composite of the tooth, and are typically made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin.
Benefits of Tooth Repair with Inlays and Onlays
- Inlays and onlays allow the dentist to preserve the remaining healthy tooth, as they do not require shaving down a portion of the tooth to properly fit, like with crowns
- Durability - They are made to last up to 30 years
- Inlays and onlays can actually strengthen and preserve tooth health, unlike fillings which can actually degrade the tooth over time
- They can help to prevent the need for further dental work and treatment in the future
Dentist in San Jose
To learn if you are a candidate for dental inlays and onlays, contact Sikka Dental at (408) 259-1280 to schedule a consultation today!
Find out more about this dental procedure, and how it could protect your damaged tooth.
While some decaying teeth are treated either with filling or crowns, there are some cases in which your San Jose dentists, Drs. Nidhi Sikka and Mona Chattha, may recommend having an inlay or onlay instead to protect your tooth. Find out more about inlays and onlays and what the procedure entails.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are somewhere between a dental filling and a crown. Inlays fill the space between the cusps of the tooth’s chewing surface, while onlays cover one or more cusps, or sometimes the entire surface of the tooth.
What are they used for?
Inlays and onlays are to fillings and are used to restore decayed or damaged portions of a tooth.
What are inlays and onlays made of?
Inlays and onlays can be made from everything from gold to composite resin to porcelain. Porcelain tends to be the most popular choice since it most closely resembles the look of a natural tooth.
What does it take to get an inlay or onlay from my San Jose dentists?
Your San Jose dentists Drs. Sikka and Chattha will administer a local anesthesia to numb the area prior to treatment. Then we will drill out the decayed portions of the tooth. Once this is complete, we will take impressions of your tooth using dental putty. These impressions will then be sent to a dental lab where they will make your custom-made inlay or onlay.
During your second visit we will fit you with your new inlay or onlay. Once it is fitted properly we will then bond it to your tooth. Some patients experience minor soreness around the treated area for a couple days afterward.
How do you care for inlays and onlays?
This dental work doesn’t require special care. Treat them just as you would the rest of your natural smile and make sure to brush and floss every day. You should also continue to see your San Jose dentists Drs. Sikka and Chattha every six months for exams to make sure that your inlay or onlay is doing well.
The best way for us to catch decay before it causes significant damage is to see you every six months for exams and cleanings. If it’s time for your upcoming cleaning, then call your San Jose dentist. Don’t ignore signs of decay!