Taking Care of Your Smile: Post-Op Instructions for Dental Onlays/Inlays

Dental onlays and inlays are custom-made restorations used to repair teeth with moderate decay or damage. At Jaline Boccuzzi Dentistry, we are dedicated to ensuring your new restoration improves your dental health and smile. Following these instructions will help you care for your new onlay or inlay.

Dental Onlay
  1. Immediate Aftercare
  • Sensitivity and Discomfort
    • Some sensitivity to hot, cold, and pressure is normal after the procedure. This usually subsides within a few days to a week.
  • Numbness:
    • If local anesthesia was used, your mouth might be numb for several hours. Bear in mind that you should avoid biting your cheek, lip, or tongue.
  • Eating and Drinking:
    • Until the numbness subsides, you should refrain from eating. Begin by chewing on soft foods, and over the next twenty-four hours, refrain from chewing directly on the new restoration.
  1. Oral Hygiene
  • Brushing and Flossing
    • Continue your regular brushing and flossing routine. Be gentle around the new onlay or inlay.
  • Rinsing
    • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of water) to alleviate any gum soreness.
  1. Chewing and Biting
  • Avoid Hard Foods
    • For the first few days, you should steer clear of foods that are firm or sticky since they have the potential to damage or dislodge the new repair.
  • Bite Adjustment
    • If your bite feels uneven or if you have persistent pain when biting, contact our office for an adjustment.
  1. Managing Discomfort
  • Pain Relief
    • Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used as directed for any discomfort.
  • Sensitivity Management
    • If sensitivity persists, consider using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.
  1. Long-Term Care
  • Regular Dental Check-Ups
    • Continue with routine dental visits for professional cleaning and to ensure the health of your onlay or inlay.
  • Avoiding Bad Habits
    • Avoid habits such as grinding your teeth, chewing ice, or using your teeth as tools, which can damage your restoration.
  1. Lifestyle Adjustments
  • Dietary Considerations
    • Maintain a balanced diet and limit sugary and acidic foods to prevent further decay.
  • Oral Health
    • Good oral hygiene practices are crucial to maintain the health of the restorated tooth and surrounding teeth.
  1. Follow-Up Care
  • Monitoring
    • Regularly check the condition of your onlay or inlay. If you notice any changes in fit or feel, such as looseness or discomfort, contact our office.
  • Professional Maintenance
    • During your dental check-ups, we will inspect the onlay or inlay for any signs of wear or damage.
  1. Understanding Your Restoration
  • Material Knowledge

Familiarize yourself with the material of your onlay or inlay (such as porcelain, composite resin, or gold) and understand its specific care requirements.

  • Durability

Onlays and inlays are durable and designed to last many years with proper care, but they are not invulnerable to damage or wear.

  1. Addressing Complications
  • Dislodgement or Damage
    • If your onlay or inlay becomes loose, cracks, or falls out, keep it safe and contact our office immediately for repair or replacement.
  • Sensitivity or Pain
    • Persistent or increasing sensitivity or pain is not normal. If you experience these symptoms, schedule an appointment for evaluation.
  1. Emergency Situations
  • In Case of Emergency
    • For severe pain, significant discomfort, or other urgent issues related to your onlay or inlay, contact our office immediately.
  • After-Hours Protocol
    • Follow the emergency contact procedures provided in your patient information packet for issues outside of regular business hours.

At Jaline Boccuzzi Dentistry, your dental health and satisfaction with your onlay or inlay are paramount. By adhering to these post-operative instructions, you will help ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your restoration. 

If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery or about the care of your onlay or inlay, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to support you in maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.