What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are restorations that are placed on top of teeth that have been compromised in some way. You can think of this restoration as a mix between a full dental crown and a simple dental filling. Inlays sit in the grooves and cusps of the teeth, whereas onlays cover the entire top portion of the crown of the tooth. Inlays and onlays are designed to last for years before needing replacement.
Why do you need Inlays and Onlays?
In order to determine if an inlay or onlay is right for you, you’ll need to come in for an examination. Inlays and onlays are a long-lasting durable option and can last upwards of 30 years before needing to be replaced. Some of the reasons you may need an inlay or onlay include:
- You have deep decay in one or more of your teeth
- You have a tooth that is cracked, broken or fractured
- You want a more long-lasting alternative to a filling
- You are looking to restore the look and beauty of your smile
What makes you a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay and onlay is made to match your existing smile. They’re great for patients who want to remove and replace old metal fillings. They are made out of durable, high-quality materials to create a seamless and long-lasting restoration. With proper care, you can expect your inlays and onlays to last for three or more decades.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
You will come into the office and receive anesthesia in the area where the inlay or onlay will be placed. The area is then prepared for the restoration. Impressions are made and sent off to a local lab where the restoration is made for you. Each restoration is created to mimic the look and feel of your own natural teeth. You will then come back into the office to have the restoration permanently attached to the tooth. Your new inlay or onlay will provide you with a secure, stable surface that looks completely natural.
If you’d like to learn more about inlays and onlays or would like to schedule an appointment for this procedure, call our office today.