Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay or onlay is a restoration that can cover an area of tooth that’s been damaged or compromised. They are smaller in size to a full dental crown, but they are incredibly durable and can last for decades with the proper care. An inlay sits more inside the cusps of a tooth while the onlay sits over the very top portion of the tooth. We custom make the inlay or onlay for you so that it blends in well with the rest of your smile.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
You might need or want an inlay or onlay because you have a large filling that needs replacement or an area of deep decay. Likewise, you can have an onlay placed over your tooth if it has broken or cracked just at the surface. With the help of these restorations, we can restore areas that are jagged and sharp as well as improve oral functionality. The procedure to place the inlay or onlay is easy, quick and leaves you with a beautiful-looking smile.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
To determine if you might need either an inlay or onlay, we will perform an examination. This allows us to see if you might need one of these restorations and the best way to go about placing it. You might want an inlay or onlay if you have a filling currently and want to replace it with a more durable restorative option. Most people who need this type of restoration can safely have the procedure done.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
We first remove any old filling material or decay from your tooth. Once this is finished, we will take impressions of the tooth. If the tooth is broken or cracked, we will smooth out the edges before taking impressions. The impressions are used to make your new restoration. You will then come back into the office to have the inlay or onlay placed. You can expect the new restoration to last for decades without requiring any special care or treatment.
If you think you might need an inlay or onlay, call our office and we can get you in for a conveniently scheduled appointment.