Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Both inlays and onlays help to restore compromised teeth and improve the look of your smile. Whether a tooth has broken or cracked, or it has a large filling or area of decay in it, both inlays and onlays can protect your teeth. You can think of either of these restorations as a happy medium between a filling and a dental crown. The inlay sits inside the cusps of a tooth while the onlay sits over the entire top of the tooth.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
The reason you might need either of these restorations is because one or more of your teeth has become damaged or compromised. Rather than damage the entire tooth for a dental crown, this restoration simply repairs and replaces what is missing. You might need an inlay or onlay if you have a large cavity or filling in one of your teeth. Because teeth don’t always crack or break in a perfect manner, these restorations can help in repairing the tooth completely.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
To determine if you’ll need an inlay or onlay, we will conduct an examination. This involves looking to see if you’d benefit from this restoration and ensuring that it is advantageous to your oral health. If you have an older inlay or onlay, it can be removed and replaced with a new restoration. You can expect your inlay or onlay to last for many decades with the proper care.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
The procedure begins by removing any decay or old filling material from the tooth. Once this is finished, impressions are taken and used to make the new restoration. You’ll come in for a second visit to have the restoration placed. We make any adjustments to the inlay or onlay as needed. This helps to ensure that the restoration is fitting properly. You can expect the inlay or onlay to become a durable part of your smile for many years to come.
If you would like to learn more about either inlays or onlays, call the office today and we will be happy to get you in for an appointment.