Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are restorations similar to dental crowns, but smaller in size. They can be used to replace larger fillings, or areas of decay. Onlays may be useful for areas of a tooth that have broken, cracked, or fractured. Instead of having a larger crown placed, the inlay or onlay can provide strength and structure, without compromising the entire tooth. The inlay and onlay will be matched to the rest of your tooth, so that it looks completely natural.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
An inlay and onlay is a more durable alternative to a traditional filling. Many patients prefer this option because it’s common for inlays and onlays to last for decades, with proper care. The need for an inlay or onlay is specific to the patient, since many individuals have different intra-oral problems. Most often, an inlay or onlay is needed because there is a large filling in a tooth, there is a lot of decay that a cavity may not fix, or the top of the tooth has broken or fractured.
Our one-on-one approach ensures that each of our patients receives the kind care and compassion that they need. By offering a variety of procedures and treatments in one conveniently located office, we are able to cater to each member of your family.
What makes you a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
Prior to having either an onlay or inlay placed, you will come in for a complete exam. We will examine the tooth to determine if this specific type of restoration is right for you. Most patients who want, or need, an inlay or onlay are good candidates for the procedure. The procedure can be done with local anesthetic, so no sedation is needed or required.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
First, the tooth is prepped for the new restoration by smoothing it down and removing any decay or old filling. Impressions, also known as molds, are taken of the tooth and sent to a lab. Lab techs will create the new restoration for you. You will then come in and have the inlay or onlay permanently cemented into place. The bite and fit will be adjusted so that the restoration is completely comfortable. It is recommended that you have the restoration checked at each of your appointments to ensure it is still in good shape and fitting properly.
If you think you might need an inlay or onlay, and would like to schedule an appointment, call us now and our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you.