Inlays and onlays typically require two appointments to create and place. During your first visit, Dr. Spaniel will remove the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth and clean the remaining tooth structure. Impressions will be taken of your tooth, which will be used to fabricate your inlay or onlay. It takes approximately two weeks for inlays and onlays to be created at a dental laboratory. In the meantime, a provisional inlay or onlay will be placed to protect the tooth.
Once the permanent restoration is ready, you will return to our office for placement. Dr. Spaniel will remove the temporary inlay or onlay and replace it with the permanent one. Once it’s in place, Dr. Spaniel will check its fit and make any last-minute adjustments to ensure a precise fit. The final step is to bond the onlay or inlay to the tooth and polish it for a beautiful shine.
Like natural teeth and other dental restorations, inlays and onlys require good oral hygiene (i.e., proper brushing, flossing and routine dental checkups). Dr. Spaniel and our team are committed to helping you maintain your healthier smile for years to come. We can share additional tips on how to take care of your teeth and restorations during your dental appointment with us.
To learn more about inlays and onlays, or the other restorative dentistry services Dr. Spaniel offers for cavities, schedule a consultation. Contact Summerwood Family Dental by calling or sending us an email today.