Onlays and Inlays

Onlays and Inlays

What are Onlays and Inlays?

An onlay or inlay is a type of restoration that is either placed inside of the cusps of a tooth or on the very top of the tooth. This restoration looks like a regular dental crown, but it is much smaller in size. Your onlay or inlay will last for many years with proper care and maintenance. You may need this restoration if you have a deep cavity or have a tooth that’s broken or fractured.

Why would you need Onlays and Inlays?

An onlay or inlay is normally needed if you have a tooth that’s broken or fractured. You may have a tooth that has a very large filling in it or one that’s decayed. The old restoration or decay is removed first and the new inlay or onlay can be placed. Onlays and inlays are often more suitable options for patients who want a more versatile and durable alternative to fillings.

What makes you a good candidate for Onlays and Inlays?

Both an inlay and onlay are long-term restorations that protect the overall structure of a compromised tooth. They are made to look and even feel like your natural teeth. The majority of patients who either want or need an onlay or inlay can safely have one made and placed. You will find that your new restoration is durable and long-lasting in comparison to other options.

What can be expected when going for Onlays and Inlays?

You will first come into our office to have the tooth examined to determine if either an inlay or onlay is needed. If there is decay present or if an old filling needs to be removed, this will be done prior to being fitted for a new restoration. Impressions, or molds, are taken of the tooth in question to make the inlay or onlay. You will then come back in to have the restoration placed securely using a medical-grade adhesive. The restoration is smoothed out and you’ll be ready to leave our office and enjoy your new smile.

If you would like to learn more about onlays and inlays or want to begin the process of having the procedure done, call our office today so that one of our helpful staff members can further assist you.

"Every day I look forward to seeing a patient that has been reluctant to come to the dentist. It is very rewarding to be able to give that person the smile they deserve. I do this in hopes that they will share that smile with others."

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