Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are designed to fit perfectly into the grooves of your teeth. While inlays sit inside of these grooves, onlays sit over the top of them. The purpose of these restorations is to enhance your smile while covering areas that are cracked, deeply decayed or teeth that have large, old fillings. Most inlays and onlays can last for decades before they’ll need to be completely replaced.
Why would Inlays and Onlays be needed?
There are a couple of reasons for needing either an inlay or onlay. If a tooth has broken or cracked on the very top surface or if there is a large, old filling needing to be replaced, we may recommend either an inlay or onlay. Likewise, if you have an area of large, deep decay, an inlay might be the better option when compared to a filling. In any case, inlays and onlays are designed to restore your tooth to its original shape and size.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
To determine if an inlay or onlay is needed, we will examine your teeth. These restorations are often necessary if a filling simply isn’t enough, but a full dental crown simply isn’t needed. Because inlays and onlays are made using impressions of your teeth, they are made to fit comfortably and securely. With the proper care, your new restoration can last for years and provide you with a full, healthy-looking smile.
What happens during the procedure to place Inlays and Onlays?
The process will begin by removing old filling and decay from the tooth. If there is a crack or break, we will smooth out the area. Impressions are then taken and used to make the actual permanent restoration. You will come back in for a second visit to have the inlay or onlay placed. We make minor adjustments to the restoration before you leave the office. You can treat your new restoration as you would any natural tooth in your mouth.
If you want to learn more about inlays and onlays, call us today so that we can get you in for a consultation appointment as soon as possible.