Inlays and Onlays
What are Onlays and Inlays?
When you don’t need a full crown and when a filling just isn’t enough, we may recommend an inlay or an onlay. An inlay is defined as a restoration that sits inside of the cusps, or points, of a tooth. The onlay sits more over the top of the tooth. Both of these restorations are more long-lasting than a filling, but they’re not as damaging to healthy tooth structure as a full dental crown.
Why would an Onlay or Inlay be needed?
You may need an onlay or an inlay if you have a deep cavity or if you have a large filling that needs replacement. Likewise, the restoration may be useful if you’ve cracked or chipped a tooth only on the very top of its crown. Rather than filing down the entire tooth for a dental crown, the onlay or inlay can be placed as a way to restore the tooth to its original shape and size.
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Who is a candidate for either an Onlay or an Inlay?
Either of these restorations are ideal for patients who want a more durable solution to minor dental problems. They are made specifically for each unique patient, so they always match and look natural. You can expect your inlay or onlay to last for decades before it may need to be completely replaced. We will examine your teeth to determine if either of these restorations is right for you.
What can you expect during the Onlay and Inlay procedure?
We begin by removing any decay or old filling from the tooth. If the tooth is broken or chipped, we’ll smooth the area so that it isn’t as sharp and jagged. Impressions are taken of the tooth and used to make the actual restoration. We color match your existing teeth so that the new onlay or inlay fits perfectly. You will come in for a second appointment to have the restoration placed. Your new inlay or onlay will look like the rest of your tooth and provide you with years of reliable daily wear.
If you would like to learn more about the inlays and onlays that we offer, call us now and we can answer all of your questions right away.