What are Inlays and Onlays?
Both inlays and onlays are custom designed to restore and enhance your smile. You can think of these restorations as a beautiful mixture of a dental filling and a full dental crown. Rather than compromising the entire tooth to fit a crown, an inlay or onlay can be placed. Inlays and onlays are more durable and long-lasting than fillings, and they can be specifically made to fit the tooth perfectly.
Why would Inlays and Onlays be necessary?
Inlays and onlays are made of realistic-looking and durable materials. Most of these restorations can easily last for decades before replacement is necessary. Some reasons for requiring either of these restorations include:
- Your tooth has a large filling in need of replacement
- There is a large area of decay in a tooth
- A tooth has cracked or broken only on the very top surface
- You want a more durable alternative to a filling
What makes someone a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
Examining your teeth thoroughly can give us an idea of whether or not you’d benefit from this restorations. Inlays sit inside the cusps and grooves of a tooth, while the onlay will sit over the very top of the tooth. If you need to have this restoration placed, it is best to come in as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the tooth. If you have an older inlay or onlay showing signs of wear or damage, it can easily be replaced.
What can be expected during the process to make and place Inlays and Onlays?
We will start by removing any and all decay or old filling material from the tooth. If there is a crack or break present, we will smooth it down to prevent it from cracking or breaking even more. Impressions are then taken and utilized so that we’re able to custom make an inlay or onlay for you. Your second appointment involves placing the permanent inlay or onlay onto the tooth. The bite of the restoration is carefully adjusted before you leave the office.
If you would like to learn more about how inlays and onlays can benefit your smile, call us today so that we can get you into our office for an appointment. Our low wait times, convenient scheduling and one-on-one approach to care can benefit every member of your family.