Most dentists cover details about the procedure they’re about to do and answer patients’ questions, but some don’t tell patients what to expect afterward. At Gentle Dental Care in Lansing, MI, we don’t want you to feel lost or confused after getting an inlay or an onlay. You might have questions about the complications of the procedure and what to expect after it’s over. At Gentle Dental Care, we’re here to answer these questions and reassure you.
After you have an inlay or onlay put in, you’ll be able to go home straight away. We only use local anesthesia while working, so you should feel perfectly fine to go home. Your mouth and tongue will feel numb, but that’s normal and will go away in a couple of hours as the anesthesia wears off.
You can eat and drink freely after getting an inlay or onlay. You should wait until the numbness is gone first, though. This is mainly because as long as you’re numb, you won’t be aware of your tongue and lips and may bite them while chewing.
Complications are uncommon with inlays and onlays. Some might experience an allergic reaction to the material used in the inlay, onlay, or anesthesia. If you have any allergy, you should tell us before we begin working.
Another problem that might happen in the long run is that the seal of the inlay or onlay is lost. When the sealant is lost, space will appear, which can serve as a hiding spot for bacteria and ultimately decay.
To avoid complications, you should let us know if you have any allergies, are on any meds, or are pregnant. If we give you any meds to take before the procedure, you should take them as instructed.
Call us immediately if you notice any bleeding, fever, or pain after getting an inlay or onlay. These are issues that need to be dealt with urgently. Additionally, if you feel like your bite isn’t the same, then we might need to adjust the inlay or onlay. It’s simple and won’t take much time.