Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay as well as an onlay is a restoration that can be placed over a damaged tooth. Inlays sit inside the cusps and grooves of a tooth while the onlay sits over the top of a tooth. You may require either of these restorations if you have a filling that needs to be replaced or an area of large decay. These restorations can last for anywhere from 10 to 30 years with proper care and maintenance.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
You might need an inlay if you have an older filling that needs to be replaced. You might require an onlay if a tooth has broken, cracked or has been damaged. Some patients request these restorations because they are more durable than fillings. You can think of the inlay and onlay as a happy medium between a filling and a full crown.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
Our doctors can examine your teeth to determine if you need or will benefit from an inlay or onlay. If you need the procedure, it’s best to have the restoration placed so that no further damage is done to the tooth. Most healthy adult patients are good candidates for the inlay and onlay process. Your new restoration is custom-made to fit your smile perfectly.
What happens during the Inlay and Onlay procedure?
The first step is to remove any and all filling material as well as decay from the tooth. The tooth is carefully cleaned before impressions are taken. These impressions will then be used to make the new inlay or onlay. Your second visit into the office involves placing the restoration. Your new restoration will mimic the feel and look of your own natural teeth, and you can expect it to last for years.
If you want to learn more about inlays and onlays, call us today to schedule an appointment to come in. We offer in-office discount plans, low wait times and a snack and beverage bar as well as other amenities to improve your time with us.