Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay or onlay is a restorative option that helps to keep your smile looking its best. Inlays sit more on the inside cusps of a tooth while the onlay sits over the very top portion of the tooth itself. You can think of either of these restorations as a mixture between a full dental crown and a filling. You may want or need these restorations if you have a large filling that needs replacement, a large area of decay or if you’ve recently broken or chipped only the top portion of your teeth.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
Inlays and onlays are made specifically for each individual patient. Because they’re custom designed, they look natural and are completely comfortable. Some reasons why you’d need an inlay or onlay include:
- A tooth has a big filling in it
- A tooth has broken, cracked or fractured at the very top
- A tooth has a large area of decay
- You’re looking for a durable restorative option
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
Most inlays and onlays can last for decades before replacement is needed. Because of this, some patients prefer these restorations over fillings because they’re more of a long-term solution. If you don’t need a crown, there is no reason to damage and compromise the tooth by placing one. An inlay or onlay is more suitable for areas that are only slightly cracked or broken.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
The procedure begins by removing old filling material, decay or smoothing out areas that are sharp and jagged. We take a digital scan of the teeth and fabricate the restoration. We then work to make slight adjustments to the way that it fits and feels. With proper care, your new restoration will last for decades before it’ll need to be completely replaced. These restorations help to restore your smile while improving functionality.
If you think you might need an onlay or inlay, we can get you in for a convenient appointment as soon as possible after calling our office.