What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are restorations that are placed over the very top or inside of the cusps of a tooth. They can be thought of as a mixture between a dental crown and a filling. If a tooth needs something more than a filling but isn’t damaged enough to warrant a crown, an inlay or onlay can be placed. These restorations are durable, with most lasting for several decades before requiring replacement.
Why would Inlays and Onlays be needed?
There are several reasons for requiring an inlay or an onlay. You might have a lot of decay in a tooth and a filling is no longer sufficient enough to replace the damaged area. You might have cracked or broken a tooth just enough to warrant a small restoration. Alternatively, you may be looking for a more customized restorative option that is durable and long-lasting when compared to other treatments.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
To determine if you might need an inlay or an onlay, we will perform an examination. The exam gives us a clear view of whether or not either of these restorations is needed. You will want to have the restoration placed as soon as possible to prevent the tooth from becoming more damaged or compromised. If you have an older inlay or onlay, we can replace it in our often easily.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
We will remove any old filling material or deep decay from the tooth. If there is a crack or break, we may file down the area to prevent the crack from getting worse. Impressions are then taken to allow us to craft a new inlay or onlay for you. Inlays and onlays are made out of tooth-colored materials and customized so that they fit the tooth perfectly. You will then come back into the office for a second appointment to have the restoration placed. With care and maintenance, your new inlay or onlay can last for many decades and provide you with a solid, stable smile.
If you’d like to come into the office for either an inlay or onlay, call us today to speak with one of our friendly staff members.