Monthly Archives: March 2017

What is an inlay?

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Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used by dentists in order to repair the back teeth that are suffering from mild to moderate decay. They can also be used to repair fractured or cracked teeth that are decaying, but are not damaged enough to warrant a crown.

Inlays and onlays are usually used for patients suffering from enough damage in their oral cavity that the tooth structure cannot be treated using a filling, but have enough healthy tooth remaining that there is no need for a crown. In essence, inlays and onlays can be used for patients suffering from a midlevel of tooth decay. Inlays and onlays allow us to conserve more of the original tooth structure of the patient.

While some people consider inlays and onlays to be more of a cosmetic procedure, this cannot be further from the truth. There are several different types of benefits of using inlays and onlays compared to using metal fillings including:

  • Inlays and onlays help to strengthen the damaged teeth by nearly up to 75 percent. In case of traditional metal fillings, they are known to reduce the strength of the teeth by nearly up to 50 percent.
  • Inlays and onlays are known to prolong the life of the tooth and therefore help to prevent the need for further dental treatment somewhere in the future.
  • Inlays and onlays are known to be more durable as they are made up of hard-wearing and tough materials that are known to last up to 20 years in some cases.

Much like fillings, dental inlays and onlays require local anaesthesia as well. However, this is mainly to remove the old fillings. Basically, inlays and onlays will be used in cases where old fillings are no longer useful and need to be replaced or removed. Much like a filling, dental inlay will fit inside the top edges, or the cusp tips of the teeth, while fitting dental onlays is an extensive procedure that needs to extend over the cusp of the tooth that has been treated.

For both inlays and onlays, once the filling has been removed, we will take an scan of the tooth with our CEREC scanner.  The new Inlay and onlay can be made from this scan and porcelain or composite resin materials can be used in the final restoration. Then, the new Inlay or onlay is cemented into place and it blends with the treated tooth in order to give the patient a more natural and uniform appearance.  For more information on the wide range of dental services at Quirke Dental Surgeons, please contact our friendly team at (051) 421453.

Caring for your denture

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If you’ve recently started wearing dentures, you know how important they are for maintaining your facial structure and helping you enjoy your favorite meals. Wearing dentures shouldn’t cause you extra work, in fact, they should be taken care of similarly to your original teeth! Teeth in a denture can be made of porcelain or acrylic, but they build up plaque and tartar just like natural teeth. To keep great oral health with your new dentures, it starts by making sure they’re clean and properly fitted. Here are some helpful hints:

  • Thoroughly clean your dentures every day.
  • Remove and rinse your dentures after eating.
  • Soak them in a cleaning solution for about 30 minutes before brushing to loosen tartar and plaque.
  • Rinse your dentures before putting them back in your mouth, especially after using a denture-soaking solution.
  • Brush your dentures every day with a denture brush and liquid soap or foam cleaner.
  • Use non abrasive products to prevent scratching.
  • Leave your dentures out overnight to let your gums rest and to prevent inflammation.
  • Soak your dentures overnight.
  • Clean the cup you store your dentures in at least once a week.
  • Replace your denture brush on a yearly basis.
  • Avoid contact with abrasive cleaning materials, whitening toothpastes, products with bleach, and hot water.

Each day you should remove your dentures and brush your mouth, tongue, cheeks, and palate. You should also inspect your denture for any broken or cracked areas that may attract a buildup of plaque. At Quirke Dental Surgeons, we’ll monitor your dentures for fit and comfort and will also replace them over time for proper jaw alignment. We will want to see you regularly to monitor your oral tissues and overall health for any changes. To learn more about how to properly care for your dentures, contact us today!