Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and Onlays

What are Inlays and Onlays?

An inlay or onlay is a restoration similar to a dental crown, but smaller in size. The restoration can be used to replace old fillings or cover areas on a tooth that are cracked or broken. Inlays and onlays are made to look like your natural teeth, so no one will even know that you have them. They can last for years or even decades because of their resilient and durable nature.

Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?

An inlay is often needed if there is a large filling in a tooth or deep decay. The inlay sits inside of the cusps rather than on top of them. An onlay is larger in size, as it covers the entire top portion of the tooth’s crown. Onlays can be used to replace areas of a tooth that have broken, fractured or that have large fillings as well.

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What makes you a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

Many patients prefer inlays and onlays because of how long-lasting and durable they are when compared to other restorations. To determine if you’ll need this treatment, you’ll have an exam performed. We can check to see if there are any areas that would benefit from either an inlay or onlay. The procedure to place the restoration is easy and normally only requires two quick appointments.

What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?

The first step is preparing the tooth for the new restoration. This is done by smoothing the area or removing old filling material and decay. Impressions, also known as molds, are taken of the area and sent to a local lab. The professional dental lab techs work tirelessly to create your new restoration, which is matched perfectly to your existing teeth. You will then come back in to have the inlay or onlay placed and smoothed for a comfortable fit.

If you think you might need or want inlays and onlays, call our office today and we will be happy to help answer any of your questions.