Things we should expect during dental inlay and onlay treatment?

Cavities are becoming more and more common amongst the young. Even developed countries like Australia and the United States are no exceptions to this phenomenon.

In 2018, more than 26,000 Australians under 15 years old were admitted to the hospital for tooth decay treatments, causing acute cavity treatments to rank first in terms of preventable hospital stays. (Anthea Rhodes, 2018)

While dental fillings still remain the most common treatment method for cavities, dental inlays and onlays are not far behind. Keep reading for a complete coverage of everything you can expect (from what they are to how much they cost) when receiving dental inlays and onlays treatment!

What are Dental Inlays and Onlays?

They are basically a form of tooth restoration used for more serious cases of tooth damage and decay.

They are fitted on the patient through an indirect and non-intrusive method in which the inlays/onlays are pre-made in a dental laboratory to suit each patient’s need and then subsequently bonded to the damage tooth.

They can be fabricated using different materials examples include gold, porcelain, composite and more.

How long does it take to get fitted with Dental Inlays and Onlays?

The entire process usually takes a minimum of 2 visits to your dentist.

The first visit will entail the preparation for the inlay/onlay while the second visit will involve the fitting of the inlay/onlay restoration.

Will getting fitted with Dental Inlays and Onlays be painful?

The complete procedure of getting them fitted, involves a generic process of tooth cleaning to remove the decay where your dentist will apply local anaesthesia to the surrounding area to numb any pain. So the answer is no, you’ll be very comfortable.

Dental Inlay and Onlay Procedure

  1. Anaesthesia—The dentist will first apply local anaesthesia to the region surrounding the cavity. 
  1. Decay Removal—Next, the dentist will use a drill or air abrasion instrument to remove the decay and thoroughly clean the tooth, removing any debris.
  1. Probe—The dentist may probe the tooth to test if it is thoroughly clean.
  1. Filling—A temporary filling is applied and will only be removed once the custom made inlay/onlay is ready for bonding.

*Fabrication of dental inlays/onlays in dental laboratories usually takes 7-10 days

  1. Bonding— The inlay/onlay is then cemented to the damaged tooth.                                   *The bonding process will likely require a second visit.

If you would like to see a more visual representation, you can watch this short 1 minute clip on the process of getting fitted with dental inlays/onlays: https://youtu.be/IVVkevAV2c8 

Do I need to exercise special care after Dental Inlays and Onlays Treatment?

Inlays and onlays serve to restore your tooth to its original condition which means that you do not need to change your normal oral care routine.

You should still brush and floss your teeth as per normal. While dental inlays and onlays are considered forms of long-lasting restoration, they may be worn out over time and need to be replaced. As a result, you should continue to visit your dentist for check-ups regularly. 

How much do Dental Inlays and Onlays cost?

The cost of inlays/onlays generally starts at $650 and above per tooth. The main variables that affect the cost includes the size of the area treated, the complexity of the case and the material of the inlay/onlay chosen.

All ready for Inlay and Onlay Treatment!

Here at Vivid Dental Surgeons, we aim to educate our patients on matters regarding oral hygiene and health. We hope that this article gave you clarity regarding the topic of dental inlays and onlays. 

If you are still unsure or worried about any parts of the procedure, be sure to voice out your concerns to your dentist. Only by exercising good communication will you be able to receive the most optimal and best suited treatment.

Should you have any more questions regarding dental inlays and onlays or other oral health related matters, feel free to drop Dr Ryan a message here

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