Implants, inlays, and onlays

Implants, inlays, and onlays are common treatments for restoring decayed or damaged teeth. It is important to understand both the procedure and the care you should give your mouth following an Implants, inlays, and onlays treatment.

What are implants?

Implants are tiny posts that can be surgically placed into a tooth. They provide the foundation for tooth replacement options such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. An implant’s titanium post replaces the root of a missing tooth to create a solid foundation that allows you to chew with ease once again. Sometimes, after implants have been inserted your dentist may suggest placing bone cement directly onto the implant so it will fuse with your jawbone. This creates what is called osseointegration which helps ensure the implant is fixed in the jaw.

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are dental procedures that can improve the appearance of a tooth, reduce its sensitivity to hot and cold, and strengthen it against fracture. An inlay or onlay is often made from porcelain or ceramic glass and can be bonded onto your natural tooth. This restoration type is helpful for teeth with large restorations such as crowns, veneers, or fillings that have become too large for the existing structure of the tooth. In many cases, replacing a larger filling with an inlay or onlay will help prevent additional damage to the enamel surrounding the original cavity.

How do I care for my mouth after the surgery?

After an implant, inlay, or onlay procedure, your dentists will provide you with instructions for keeping your mouth clean and caring for any surgical area. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully to promote proper healing of the area. We want you to get back to enjoying life as quickly as possible!