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Dental Inlays and Onlays at Your Local CBD Dentist

Do you grind your teeth at night? Perhaps you play aggressive sports and have taken an especially hard knock to the jaw. Do your medications or diet wear down your enamel? These situations and more can lead to cracks and other damage to your teeth.

The bad news? Cracked teeth are more vulnerable to plaque, bacteria, harmful debris, and decay. Now for the good: our knowledgeable and experienced staff at TLC Dental can help. Come in and see us to have a thorough evaluation and we’ll determine how best to treat your cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth.

Protecting Teeth at TLC Dental

Cracking, chipping, and damaging teeth isn’t normal, but these things do happen, especially as our teeth age, or as a result of injury or disease. If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned, our team can help.

Our caring staff is standing by and ready to evaluate your situation and get you the help and treatment you deserve.

Each patient is different, and every solution uniquely prescribed. Options may include solutions such as fillings, inlays or onlays, and even crowns. Read on to learn more about inlays and onlays and why they might be the perfect fit for you.

Monday8:00AM – 6:00PM
Tuesday1:00PM – 7:00PM
Wednesday8:00AM – 6:00PM
Friday8:00AM – 5:00PM

What are dental inlays and onlays?

Dental inlays and onlays are made with porcelain and moulded to fit within the cracks and chips of your teeth. Inlays nestle in the centre of your teeth, filling holes left from old fillings or tooth decay; conversely, onlays adhere to the outside of your teeth and repair cracks or chips.

Both options help to strengthen and protect your teeth.

What is the process for receiving an inlay or onlay?

Like most dental procedures, especially those involving an application of some kind, you will need to come to the office for two visits.

Evaluation. Your dentist will need to confirm that an inlay or onlay is a proper solution for your dental needs. To qualify, your tooth needs to be strong enough to remain in your mouth but weak enough that a filling won’t suffice.

Once the proper solution is confirmed, our team will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around your tooth before removing current fillings or other dental work.

Once the area is clear, your dentist will make an impression of your tooth. This impression is sent to our lab, where your inlay or onlay is completely custom-designed to fit your tooth. You will be given a temporary version to wear on your tooth while the custom version is being created and shipped.

This initial appointment lasts close to an hour, sometimes longer.

Application. Once our office has received your custom piece, we’ll call you to set up an application appointment. First, your dentist will need to remove the temporary inlays and onlays before fitting your new, custom ones. Your dentist will then carefully fit the new inlays and onlays to your teeth before bonding them. He will then ensure that the bond is firm so that you can chew your food without concern.

Before you leave, he will then review proper oral hygiene routines, so you know how best to care for your repaired teeth.

Like the previous visit, this appointment will generally last an hour.

When a Dental Inlay or Onlay is the best option?

Only a licensed dentist can make the final decision regarding appropriate treatment. Every mouth is different, and not all solutions will be the same. Our dentist will verify four main factors when determining what dental solutions will be best for your repairs:

  • Size and shape of the hole, chip, or crack
  • The looseness of the tooth
  • Strength and structure of the tooth
  • State of the tooth’s root

He will then ask any follow-up questions he determines necessary before discussing for which solutions you qualify. This is also a great time to ask any questions or bring up concerns you may have regarding these procedures.

How long will an Inlay or Onlay last

Inlays and onlays are one of the longest-lasting dental application solutions. Fillings can last upwards of five years, and crowns up to fifteen— inlays and onlays can last for twenty-plus.

Inlay and Onlay Procedure

Start by calling our family-friendly office. Our staff will be happy to set up an appointment for you with our licensed, experienced dentist so that you can discover if this solution is right for you.

Call TLC Dental and Set up an Appointment Today!

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