Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are types of restorations that help to enhance and restore your existing smile. Inlays sit inside the cusps of a tooth while the onlay sits over the very top of a tooth. You can think of either of these restorations as a mixture between a filling and a full dental crown. They’re often needed when a filling isn’t sufficient enough to repair a tooth and when a dental crown simply isn’t needed.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
There are several reasons for why you may need either an inlay or onlay. Your tooth might have cracked or broken just enough to warrant a small restoration, but not enough to warrant a full crown. You might have an area of large decay or an older filling that needs to be replaced. Most inlays and onlays can last for decades before needing to be replaced.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
To determine if you need an inlay or onlay, we will perform an examination. The exam allows us to see if either restoration would benefit your smile. If you have older fillings, we may recommend replacing them and having an inlay or onlay made for the tooth. It’s not uncommon for patients to request inlays and onlays because of how durable and long-lasting they are when compared to other options.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
The procedure begins by removing any type of decay or old filling material from the teeth. Impressions are taken and then used to craft the brand new restoration. You will come into the office for a second appointment so that we can place the actual inlay or onlay. We adjust the fit and bite of the restoration so that it fits as comfortably as possible. You can then leave the office feeling confident in your new smile with a restoration that will last for years.
If you would like to learn more about inlays and onlays and how they work, call the office today so that we can get you in for a convenient appointment.