Dental inlays and onlays are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth. They are a middle ground between fillings and crowns. However, like any dental procedure, they have potential risks and complications:
- Tooth Sensitivity: After getting inlays or onlays, some patients may experience sensitivity in the treated teeth, especially when consuming hot or cold foods and beverages.
- Potential for Future Decay: If bacteria gets underneath the inlay or onlay, it can lead to decay in the remaining tooth structure.
- Damage or Fracture: Inlays and onlays are durable, but like your natural teeth, they can be damaged or fractured due to trauma or biting on hard objects.
- Improper Fit: If not correctly fitted, inlays and onlays can result in discomfort, bite problems and might even fall out.
- Allergic Reaction: Although rare, some patients might have an allergic reaction to the materials used in inlays and onlays.
- Aesthetic Concerns: Over time, inlays and onlays made from certain materials might discolor and not match the color of your natural teeth.
- Cost and Insurance Coverage: Inlays and onlays can be more expensive than other types of fillings. Also, not all insurance companies cover the cost of inlays and onlays.
As with all dental procedures, it’s important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with your dentist before deciding on the best treatment option for you.