Treatment of Tooth Decay Cracks and Fracture in Molars and Premolars

Treatment of Tooth Decay Cracks and Fracture in Molars and Premolars

Oct 14, 2021

If you want to fill minor tooth decay or fracture in your molars or premolars, our dentist offers dental inlays or onlays to fix your problem. This is a single solid piece to fit the shape and size of the cavity made outside the mouth. It is a method that restores the original shape of the teeth.

Inlays and onlays are used in molars and premolars if the damage cannot be treated using a basic filling. The damage also has to be minor such that a crown will not be required. The difference between onlays and inlays dental treatment is in the part and amount of tooth they cover. Inlays will only fill a fissure, while onlays will involve covering more tooth areas.

Materials Used for Inlays and Onlays

Some of the materials commonly used to make inlays, and onlays teeth are gold, ceramic, and composites materials.

  • Gold

Gold does not provide aesthetics because of the color difference between it and the teeth. Instead, it is used is because it offers advantages such as high strength and is ductile, which necessitates easy molding. Moreover, it is resistant to abrasion.

  • Ceramic

Ceramic materials offer aesthetic value since it is of the same color as teeth and has high wear and tear resistance making it a better option than gold.

  • Composite materials

Composites are used as a restorative materials. In addition, they offer great aesthetic value since they contain different compositions of variable size, content, and filler particles.

When to Use Onlays and Inlays

Our dentist in Brookfield, CT, will only use inlays and onlays to repair rear teeth that are not so damaged to the point they need a dental crown. They will also be used for fixing mild to moderately decayed teeth.

In case of cracked or fractured teeth, our dentist will opt to use inlays or onlays. Onlays and inlays may also be used in place of cavity filling.

Are Inlays and Onlays Teeth Safe?

Dental inlays and onlays in Brookfield, CT, are safe for everyone; however, there are some potential risks.

  • You may experience an allergic reaction to the material used.
  • The composite can expand or shrink, causing damage to the inlay and the tooth.
  • There could be possible injuries to the mouth and gums.

To avoid the risks, you should make sure you give the following details:

  • Inform our dentist if you have any allergies to metals in case metal inlays are to be used.
  • Let the dentist know if you are nursing or are pregnant

Our dentist will carefully perform the procedure to make sure the risks are eliminated.

Who Can Use Inlays and Onlays?

Everyone can safely use inlays and onlays, but if you have an allergic reaction to metals, you should inform our dentist. Children can also have inlays and onlays. However, parents should watch them closely for a few days after the procedure to ensure no issues arise.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

Some of the advantages of getting inlays and onlays include the following:

  • The durability of onlays and inlays is high since they can last up to around 30 years.
  • Compared to filling, onlays and inlays increase the strength by 75 percent, while filling increases by only 50 percent.
  • It prevents more damage to the teeth.
  • They prolong tooth life; hence there will be no need for constant checkups.

Post Inlays and Onlays Care

After fitting inlays and onlays, you should take measures to make sure the procedure is successful.

  • You should not take hot foods or drinks. It is also advisable not to take sticky or hard food for the first 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Expect to feel numb in the mouth for a few days.
  • You should also get back to your routine oral health. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.
  • To get rid of bacteria, rinse your mouth with mouthwash.
  • In case of any bleeding, fever, pain in the gums, or have problems biting or chewing; you should contact our dentist.

If you live in Brookfield and need tooth decay treatment or have a fracture or crack in your molars or premolars, visit The Dental Team, and our dentist will check and treat you.