Inlays and onlays are also called indirect fillings, as they are made outside of the mouth before they are put into teeth. Useful for repairing damage on rear molars that cannot be fixed with direct fillings, indirect fillings cover a larger area and can last much longer. Furthermore, these two types of restorations differ from one another in size, making each type appropriate for repairing a specifically sized amount of damage. Here is more about these restorations and the unique benefits they provide to Houston patients.
These are named for the fact that they are laid into, rather than over, teeth. These restorations are used for repairing damage on molars that is only within the cusps, or outer ridges, of the chewing surfaces. In some cases, damaged direct fillings are removed and replaced with indirect fillings.
These are similar to their inlaid counterparts, except that they are larger, making them appropriate for repairing damage over a wider area. As their name suggests, these indirect fillings are basically laid over teeth. Damage on the cusps of rear molar chewing surfaces is treated with this option.
How Indirect Fillings Work
Both inlays and onlays are made through a similar process. First, the damaged or decayed area is removed from the tooth being treated. Next, our dentist in Houston takes a bite impression, which is necessary to make a restoration that fits the tooth precisely. A temporary restoration is used to protect the tooth until the next appointment. Finally, patients come back to our office to have the restoration placed. After removing the temporary restoration, our dentist ensures that the restoration looks good and feels comfortable before bonding it in place.
Different types of indirect restorations are available depending on the application. While many inlays and onlays are made of metal for treating back teeth, ones placed nearer to the front of the mouth are often tooth-colored for a more natural look. At a consultation with Dr. Nazari, Houston dentist, you can learn more about these indirect restorations and the advantages they offer.
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