Most patients have probably heard of fillings and crowns to treat cavities and damaged teeth. However, not many have heard of other alternatives like inlays and onlays.
Inlays are used to fill the area between the cusps, and dentists use them for larger cavities where fillings may not be as useful. Onlays fill in the space between the cusps and the cusps themselves, but they do not cover the entire surface of the tooth.
Both inlays and onlays are made from gold, ceramic, or porcelain, and dentists use virtually the same procedure to secure them onto your teeth.
With proper aftercare and hygiene, inlays and onlays in Mississauga, ON can last between 15 to 25 years. The durability depends on several factors such as wear and tear, bite force, and oral hygiene. Teeth grinding or bruxism can also cause premature wear and tear of inlays and onlays.
If you suffer from teeth grinding, our dentists near you can suggest custom-made night guards to protect your teeth from damage. Similarly, hard foods can crack them, and chewy foods may stick to the surface, causing the bond to loosen.
Inadequate brushing and flossing may lead to decay or cavities developing under the onlay or inlay. Our dentists will check your dental prosthetics for fit and comfort during oral exams. We strongly recommend follow-up visits so that our dentists can check on the health and stability of the inlays and onlays.
Inlays and onlays may cost anywhere between $650 and $1200 per tooth or more depending on different factors.
Since inlays typically cover a smaller area than onlays, they are generally less expensive. The cost will also depend on the material used. Gold, Zirconia, porcelain, and ceramic are common materials used to fabricate inlays and onlays. Most patients do not need local anesthesia, but the dentist may use numbing gel for those who experience heightened sensitivity.