If you have oral issues such as dental carries, one of the best ways to address this is through ceramic inlays. Here, we look into the entire process involved in the preparation of a ceramic inlay, so you can learn more about the benefits and features that it offers.
The Initial Phase
During the initial dental visit, your dentist will remove your old fillings by cooling with water to prevent the overheating of your teeth. Since this is a complex process, and it is important to make sure that no healthy tooth portion is removed, medical magnifying glasses are used in the process. Through magnification, the cutting and removal of dental fillings are removed as thoroughly as possible. In some cases, there are some dark discolorations that may appear under the fillings. However, these are not removed since caries and past amalgam fillings usually cause such issue. Once the fillings are removed, the dentist applies and rinses off the caries detector. This way, it is made possible that all dental material considered as “carious” have been completely removed. Afterward, the final cut is done, which means the edges need to be broken using a novaculite. A sealant will be applied before the impression is taken, and the latter is observed by the dentist using magnifying glasses. It is essential that both the preparation margins and the tooth are visible.
After a week, the ceramic inlays are ready to be glued into your mouth. Durin this process, moisture is prevented from getting into the teeth and the tongue. A cofferdam is used to keep these areas dry since the ceramic glue does not work when there is moisture. Otherwise, the ceramic will not harden, thus impacting the success of the procedure. When the ceramic inlays are fitted into the teeth, temporary dentures need to be removed. To ensure the accurate and perfect fit of the ceramic inlays, medical magnifying glasses are used by the dentist. Moreover, the process of cleaning the tooth core takes place, and this is done through the use of special polishing compounds. Next, a blue searing gel is used after drying the tooth cores thoroughly. This particular gel is applied initially on the enamel areas. After a specific time, however, this gel is applied further to the dentin befre rinsing it off with water. At this point, there have been several types of chemicals and applications applied on the tooth. Depending on your dentist's instructions, the tooth will need to be air-dried after the application of chemicals and treatment components. This is also a critical period since the manufacturer's guidelines will need to be followed when it comes to the contact times. A dentist times the whole process using a stopwatch.
The next part of the process is the bonding. In this procedure, the dentist uses a two-phase glue. It is important to mix the glue before bonding, and it should be able to harden naturally. With the use of a lamp, this speeds up the process of hardening the glue once it has been mixed. This material may seem rather cumbersome and tedious to use, yet it offers numerous benefits. For instance, it hardens in a more reliable way. Even after the lamp is already switched off, the glue still hardens during the phase when a lamp is used to dry it. On the other hand, other types of glue rely solely on a lamp to harden it. Unfortunately, there is the issue of not hardening the area completely. When this happens, there is the possibility that the material that does not harden will be toxic to the tooth. Some side effects that may arise over time include toothaches, along with the possible need for a root canal treatment.
Placing of the Ceramic Inlay
At this point, the ceramic inlay is now placed in the prepared area. A lamp is used during the pre-hardening process, which should not take too long. This process also requires the removal of all remaining materials. Next, the dentist applies a glycerin gel to harden the glue completely. Polishing of the teeth is required after the hardening process. When the surface of the tooth is smooth, caries-causing bacteria will not be able to form and develop over time. To make sure that you get the best result from the treatment, it is important to consult a dentist who specializes in this process. This will als prevent you from experiencing side effects and problems in the future.