What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are restorations that can help to restore beauty to your smile. Inlays are smaller in size and meant to sit inside the cusps or grooves of the tooth. The onlay sits over the very top of the tooth. Both restorations can be thought of as a mixture between a filling and a full dental crown. They’re more durable and stable than a filling, but they’re smaller and less invasive than a dental crown.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
The reason you may need or want an inlay or onlay is because you have an area with a large filling or the tooth has a lot of decay. Alternatively, you may use either of these restorations as a way to replace fillings that are old and showing signs of wear. For patients who have only slightly cracked and broken a tooth at the very top, an onlay is a better option than a crown because it doesn’t require the entire tooth to be compromised just to fit the restoration.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
A simple examination can help us to determine if you might need or want either of these restorations. Some people request an inlay or onlay in place of a dental filling because it’s more durable. Most inlays and onlays can easily last for decades without any special care or treatment. Our goal is to provide you with the restoration and dental care that you need to feel confident in your smile.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
We first start by taking out any old filling or decay from the tooth. Once this is finished, impressions allow us to create a new restoration. We then place the inlay or onlay at the second appointment in our office. The restoration is filed down carefully to improve its fit and feel. You will experience years of having a beautiful smile. These restorations are custom made for you using high-quality materials that are meant to last.
If you think you might need an inlay or onlay, call our office today and we will be more than happy to answer all of your questions.