Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
In some cases, you will need a restoration that is larger than a dental filling, but smaller than a full dental crown. Inlays and onlays are useful because they can be used to cover areas of deep decay, larger fillings, or even teeth that have cracked or broken. An inlay sits more on the inside of the cusps of a tooth, while the onlay sits on the very top of a tooth. Your new restoration can last for several decades before it’ll need to be replaced.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
You might need an inlay or onlay if you have a tooth with a deep cavity, large filling, or that has broken on the very top portion of the crown. The restoration is long-lasting and durable, so some patients prefer an inlay or onlay to most other options. You will find that inlays and onlays improve functionality, as well as the overall appearance of your smile.
Who is a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
We can examine your teeth to determine if you might need an inlay or onlay. The majority of patients who want this type of restoration can safely have them placed. We can also determine if it would be beneficial to replace older fillings with a larger inlay or onlay. The procedure is done quickly in our office, and the inlay or onlay is custom made to fit your own specific needs.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
The procedure will begin by removing any decay or old filling material from the tooth. We will then smooth any sharp or jagged edges before taking impressions. Impressions allow us to easily make your new inlay or onlay. You will come back into the office after about a week to have the actual restoration placed. We will adjust the bite and fit to the inlay or onlay, and you can be on your way, enjoying your brand new smile.
If you think you might need to have either an inlay or onlay made for you, call us today and we will get you in for an appointment.