Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Both an inlay and an onlay can help to restore a tooth that is either damaged or compromised in some way. Inlays are made to sit inside of the cusps, or grooves, of a tooth. Onlays are made to sit over the very top of a tooth. You can think of both of these restorations as a happy medium between a filling and a full dental crown.
Why would Inlays and Onlays be needed?
You might need an inlay if you have a larger area of decay or a filling that needs to be replaced. Inlays look more natural and are more custom-made when compared to a traditional filling. Onlays can be used in the same way, but they are more for teeth that are chipped or broken only on the very top. You don’t necessarily need a full crown, but you need something more than a filling.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
Most patients wanting or needing either of these restorations is a candidate to have it done. Dr. Ally can first examine your teeth and mouth to determine if you might benefit from an onlay or inlay. These restorations can last for up to three decades without needing special care or treatment. This is why some patients request them in place of a dental filling.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
The procedure will begin with the removal of any decay or old filling material from the tooth. Impressions are taken and will then be utilized to make the actual restoration. Your second visit into the office involves placing either the inlay or onlay that has been made for you. Adjustments are made to ensure that the bite is perfect and doesn’t get in the way of the upper and lower teeth coming down when biting or chewing. You are then ready to leave the office with a brand new smile that you’ll want to show off.
If you would like to come into the office to learn more about inlays and onlays, call us today to speak with one of our helpful team members.