Inlays and Onlays

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are restorations that help to cover damaged or compromised teeth. You can think of either of these types of restorations as middle ground between a filling and a full dental crown. The inlay sits on the inside of the cusps of a tooth and the onlay sits on the very top of the tooth. They can be used to replace large fillings or cover smaller areas that have broken, chipped or cracked.

Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?

There are several reasons for why you’d need either an inlay or an onlay. For one, you might have a large filling or an area of deep dental decay. A filling may not be enough to cover the large area of decay, but the inlay or onlay can easily cover it for you. You might have broken or chipped a tooth just enough to warrant one of these restorations, but not to the point of needing a complete dental crown.

Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

We can examine your teeth to determine if you might benefit from either an inlay or onlay. The restoration is easily made for each individual patient, so it blends well and fits perfectly. Most of these restorations can last for decades before replacement is needed. The inlay or onlay is easy to care for and can be treated as any one of your other natural teeth.We can examine your teeth to determine if you might benefit from either an inlay or onlay. The restoration is easily made for each individual patient, so it blends well and fits perfectly. Most of these restorations can last for decades before replacement is needed. The inlay or onlay is easy to care for and can be treated as any one of your other natural teeth.

What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?

We begin by removing any old filling material or decay from the tooth. The tooth is smoothed slightly to make room for the new restoration. Impressions are then taken and used to make either a new inlay or onlay according to your needs. Your next appointment involves placing the actual restoration. We smooth the bite and fit down a bit to make it more comfortable and you’ll be ready to enjoy your new, fuller and healthier-looking smile.

If you think you might need an inlay or onlay and want to know more about the procedure, call us today and we will be able to further assist you.

3d Render Of Teeth With Dental Inlay Filling
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