What is the procedure for getting an inlay or onlay?
will typically take Dr. Hill two appointments to complete. Both use very similar procedures
During your first appointment, Dr. Hill will numb the area he will be working on, after which he will remove any damage or decay from the affected tooth. With the tooth clean from infection, he will prepare it for the inlay or onlay.
An impression of the tooth will be taken next. This usually involves a tray with dental putty that will be placed over the tooth until it has hardened enough to preserve a copy of the shape of the tooth. This impression is then sent to a dental lab, which will manufacture your inlay or onlay to perfectly fit your tooth.
There are a number of different materials that may be used for this, including porcelain or composite resin which can be matched to the shade of your tooth, or gold may be used as well.
It may take a little time for your new inlay or only to be crafted, so Dr. Hill will fit you with a temporary restoration to last you until your next appointment. This will keep your tooth protected until your final restoration is ready.
On your second visit, Dr. Hill will remove the temporary restoration and bond the final inlay or onlay to your tooth using a strong adhesive. The surface will then be polished in order to make sure it blends smoothly with your tooth.
Both of the appointments will typically take about an hour, though you can expect the first appointment to be the longer of the two because the process of preparing your tooth can vary depending on your situation.
The new restoration may feel a bit strange in your mouth at first, but you will quickly adjust to it. There may be a little sensitivity in the area after the procedure, but this should go away quickly. Over-the-counter pain medication will typically be enough to help with any initial discomfort.
Have questions about this procedure, or think you may need to have it done? Contact our office
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