Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are restorations that help to restore the look and feel of your natural teeth. Inlays and onlays are more sturdy and stable than a dental filling, but they are smaller in size when compared to a dental crown. Inlays and onlays can be helpful for teeth that are cracked, broken or have a large amount of filling material or decay. The restoration is custom made just for you so that it is comfortable and durable.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
You might need an inlay or onlay if a tooth has broken or cracked just on the very top of its crown. You might need the restoration if you have a tooth that has deep decay or a large amount of filling material in it. You can think of these restorations as a medium between a filling and a full dental crown. Most inlays and onlays can easily last for decades without needing replacement.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
We can perform an examination in order to determine if an inlay or onlay is needed. We may need to remove old filling material before the restoration is made for you. It’s not uncommon for patients to request an inlay or onlay in comparison to a filling. This is simply because the restoration lasts longer and is more customized to fit your teeth perfectly.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
We first remove any decay or old filling material from the tooth. Impressions are taken and used to make either an inlay or onlay for you. You will then come back into the office after one to two weeks to have the inlay or onlay placed. We adjust the way that the restoration fits before you are able to leave the office. With proper care, your new restoration will last for decades without needing repair or replacement. Your inlay or onlay will become a wonderfully integral part of your smile.
If you would like to come into the office for an inlay or onlay, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.