Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay as well as an onlay can help to restore your teeth to their original size and shape. Inlays sit inside the cusps of the tooth while the onlay sits over the town of the tooth’s upper crown. Inlays and onlays are useful for patients who don’t necessarily need a full dental crown, but still need something more than just a filling. These restorations can last for decades without the need for replacement or repair.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
There are several reasons why you may need an inlay or onlay. Teeth rarely break and crack in perfect areas. If the crack or break occurred only on the very top of the tooth, an onlay or inlay is a better option than a full crown. Likewise, if your tooth has a large area of decay or a lot of filling in it, we may recommend an inlay or onlay.
Who is a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
With an examination, we will be able to decipher if you need this type of restoration. It is not uncommon for patients to request either inlays or onlays because they’re more durable than fillings. We can even replace a filling with an onlay or inlay for a better and more realistic fit. Inlays and onlays are made just for you so that they fit perfectly.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
We first remove any decay and old filling material from the tooth. Once this is done, we take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are used to make the actual inlay and onlay for you. The next visit involves placing the actual restoration. We adjust its fit and bite so that it’s comfortable for you. You can then leave the office feeling confident in your brand new smile. Inlays and onlays can last for many decades without needing to be repaired or replaced.
If you would like to learn more about inlays and onlays, call us today to speak with one of our trusted team members.