Onlays and Inlays
What are Onlays and Inlays?
An inlay or onlay is a type of restoration that helps to cover a damaged or otherwise compromised tooth. The inlay or onlay is smaller in size to a dental crown, but it is more durable and long-lasting when compared to a filling. You might need either of these restorations if a tooth has only slightly broken or chipped, or if you have a large filling in your mouth. Most inlays and onlays can last for decades before replacement is needed.
Why are Onlays and Inlays needed?
The reason you may need an inlay or onlay is because you have an area of deep decay or have a large filling in one or more of your teeth. Another reason for needing an onlay or inlay is because a tooth has broken, chipped, or cracked only on the very top of the tooth. In this case, the restoration can be made and placed over the tooth to protect it. Your replacement is made to mimic the look and feel of your real teeth.
Who is a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
We will perform an examination to determine if you might need an inlay or onlay. Most patients who have large fillings, or want to replace the filling with a longer-lasting restoration, are good candidates for the procedure. With proper care and oral hygiene, your inlay or onlay can last for many years without showing any signs of wear.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
We begin by removing decay and old filling material. If there’s a break or crack, we smooth the tooth out before the restoration is placed. Impressions are taken which allow us to create a perfectly crafted inlay or onlay for the tooth. Your second appointment involves placing the restoration. We’ll adjust the fit and feel of the inlay or onlay, and you’ll be on your way to enjoying your new smile.
If you think you might need an inlay or onlay, and want to come in for treatment, call our office today and we can further assist you.