Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are restorative options that can be placed over top of a damaged tooth. Inlays sit inside the cusps of a tooth while the onlay sits over the very top of it. You can think of either restoration as a happy medium between a filling and a crown. They’re ideal for when a filling just isn’t enough but when a full dental crown isn’t needed.
Why would Inlays and Onlays be needed?
There are a few reasons for needing either an inlay or an onlay. You might have an area of large decay or a big filling that needs to be replaced. You might have cracked or broken a tooth enough to warrant a more durable restoration. Inlays and onlays can easily last for several decades before they’ll need to be replaced.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
To determine if you need an inlay or onlay, we will perform a thorough examination. Many of our patients can benefit from this restoration because it is more customized to fit their smile. Your older inlays and onlays can be replaced as they show signs of wear. Most patients who need or want an inlay or onlay can safely and easily have the restoration placed.
What can be expected during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
We will clear away any decay or old filling material from the tooth. If there is a visible crack or break in the tooth itself, we’ll smooth it out to prevent the area from becoming further damaged. Impressions enable us to create the inlay or onlay that is just right for you. You’ll come back into the office to have the restoration permanently placed. You can then leave the office feeling confident in your new, tooth-colored restoration and can brush it as you would your normal teeth.
If you would like to come into our office for an inlay or onlay, call us today so that one of our friendly staff members can further assist you. Our low wait times and one-on-one personable approach to care is great for your whole family.