Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are specifically designed to enhance and improve the shape of one or more teeth. These restorations can be thought of as smaller dental crowns, since they’re made of similar materials. You can benefit from an inlay or onlay if a tooth has cracked or broken, or if a tooth has a large old filling that needs to be replaced. These restorations can last for years before replacement may be needed.
Why would Onlays or Inlays be required?
There are several reasons for why you might need an inlay or onlay. Most often, these restorations are needed to cover a tooth that has only slightly broken, cracked or fractured. If a crack runs along the chewing surfaces of a tooth, an inlay or onlay can help to protect the tooth from further damage. You might even require this specific form of restoration if you have an old, worn filling that may require replacement or a dense area of deep decay that has to be removed.
Who is a viable candidate for Onlays and Inklays?
The best way for us to determine if you might need an onlay or a smaller inlay is with a dental examination performed in the office. This comprehensive exam will allow our team to check for teeth that are broken or otherwise damaged. The process to place the inlay or onlay is easy, and the restoration can last for many years with the proper care. Most of our practice patients who require either of these restorations can safely come in to have the procedure done.
What occurs during the procedure for Onlays or Inlays?
The procedure itself starts by filing down the damaged area, removing old filling material or removing decay from the tooth. We then take impressions and use these molds to make the actual restoration. You will come in for a second appointment to have the inlay or onlay placed. You will love the way that the restoration blends seamlessly with the rest of the tooth. With the proper care, the inlay or onlay can last for many years without the need for replacement.
If you would like to learn more about the onlay or inlay process, contact the office and one of our friendly staff members can further assist you.