<b>What are Inlays and Onlays?</b>
Inlays and onlays are restorative options that are smaller than a full dental crown but larger than a filling. They’re helpful when a filling is too large for a tooth or when a full dental crown just isn’t needed. Inlays sit more on the inside of the tooth while an onlay sits over the top of it. They are custom made for each individual patient so that they fit well and are comfortable.
<b>Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?</b>
You may need an inlay or onlay if you have a large filling that is slowly compromising the integrity of a tooth. Likewise, an onlay or inlay may be needed if you have a tooth that’s broken, chipped or fractured only on the top of the tooth’s crown itself. You can think of inlays and onlays as a perfect medium between a full crown and a dental filling. They can last for many years, so they’re more durable than composite resin fillings and are just as long-lasting as crowns.
<b>What makes you a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?</b>
We will perform an examination to determine if and when an inlay or onlay has to be placed. In some cases, older filling material needs to be removed first before anything else can be done. Most patients who need an inlay or an onlay can safely have the procedure done in our office at their earliest convenience. One of the most sought-after benefits of both inlays and onlays is that they’re more durable than other restorative options available.
<b>What happens during the Inlay and Onlay procedure?</b>
We start by removing older filling material or smoothing the tooth that is broken or chipped. We then take impressions to help in creating the new restoration. Our next step is to place the actual inlay or onlay onto the tooth. Once this is done, we’ll smooth out the feel and fit of the restoration so that it’s comfortable for you. The procedure is noninvasive and sometimes doesn’t even require local anesthetic. Your new restoration can last for decades with proper care and oral hygiene.
If you think you might need or want inlays or onlays, call us now and one of our staff members can answer all of your questions.