An inlay and onlay is designed to replace areas of a mouth that are damaged or compromised in some way. You can think of these restorations as slightly larger and more complex than a simple filling, but smaller in size when compared to a full dental crown. Inlays sit inside the grooves and cusps of a tooth while the onlay sits over the very top of the tooth’s upper crown. Most onlays and inlays can last for decades before needing replacement, making them a relatively long-term restorative option.
WHY MIGHT YOU NEED INLAYS AND ONLAYS?
The reason you might need either an inlay or onlay is because you broke or cracked a tooth only on the very top. You might have an older filling needing replacement or a big area of decay in a tooth. Some patients request inlays and onlays because they are more durable and long-lasting when compared to a dental filling. These restorations are custom made for each patient, making them a realistic and natural-looking choice.
WHAT MAKES SOMEONE A CANDIDATE FOR INLAYS AND ONLAYS?
To determine if you might need an inlay or onlay, we will examine your teeth and create a treatment plan. If you need this type of restoration, it is best to have it placed as soon as possible. This prevents further damage to the tooth, which can have an impact on your oral health. Older inlays and onlays can be replaced in our office easily and at your own convenience.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE FOR INLAYS AND ONLAYS?
We start by removing decay and old filling material from the tooth. Impressions are taken and used to make the actual restoration that’s specific to you. You will then come in for a second appointment so that we can place the inlay or onlay. You can brush and floss around this restoration as you would any other filling, crown or bridge that you might have. You can expect the onlay or inlay to last for decades before replacement is necessary.
f you would like 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.