Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are custom-made restorations that sit either inside the grooves of a tooth or over the very top of a tooth. You can think of an inlay or onlay as a mixture between a filling and a full dental crown. They’re beneficial for patients who need something a little more than just a dental filling, but who don’t need to compromise a tooth with a full crown. Inlays and onlays can easily last for decades without the need for repair or replacement.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
There are several reasons for needing an inlay or onlay that can be beneficial to your dental health. If a tooth has cracked or broken in a strange way or only on the very top of the tooth, this type of restoration is often sufficient enough to repair the tooth. Likewise, if a tooth has a large area of decay or a big filling in it, we may recommend having either an inlay or onlay placed. These restorations are designed to mimic the look and feel of an actual tooth, so you can feel confident in having them placed.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
To determine if you may need an inlay or onlay, we will perform an examination. The exam allows us to see which teeth would benefit from this restoration. If you need either an inlay or onlay, it’s important to have the restoration placed as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the tooth. We can even replace old restorations with new ones as they show signs of wear.
What happens during the Inlay or Onlay process?
The procedure will begin by clearing away any decay, old filling material or by smoothing the sharp edges of the tooth. Impressions are then taken and used to make either the onlay or inlay that will be used. You’ll come in for a second appointment to have the restoration placed. This is done carefully to ensure a comfortable and secure fit. We adjust the fit and bite of the new restoration so that it blends in well with the rest of your smile. With the proper care, you can expect your new inlay or onlay to last for several decades.
If you would like to learn more about both inlays and onlays, call the office today so that we can get you in for a conveniently scheduled appointment.