Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are made of special dental materials used to repair damage on a tooth that is suffering from severe decay on its chewing surface. They are commonly used as the next restorative method in line if the tooth’s damage is too extensive for a traditional filling to fix. Inlays and onlays are highly similar, but only have one significant difference from one another: Inlays are used for damage that is contained within the cusp tips of an affected tooth, while onlays are used for damage that extends beyond one or more cusps of a tooth.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
- Repairs damaged teeth. Inlays and onlays in dentistry are designed to repair teeth that have been severely damaged by tooth decay.
- A stronger alternative to fillings. Inlays and onlays are considered to be more durable and stronger, and last much longer than traditional fillings.
- Offers similar protection to a crown. Inlays and onlays offer the same protection as a dental crown would to a weakened tooth; however, inlays and onlays do not require us to remove as much of the tooth’s natural structure as a crown would.
- Can be made with materials to match your smile. Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain and composite resin, materials that have the ability to match the shade of your natural smile.
Dental Inlay and Onlay Procedure
- Preparing for inlay/onlay – We will first remove the decayed parts of the affected tooth or teeth that will be receiving the inlay/onlay. Then, with our state-of-the-art CEREC, we will take a digital 3D scan of the tooth/teeth.
- Creating the inlay/onlay – After we have made scans of your teeth, we will then fabricate a customized inlay/onlay in-house.
- Placing the inlay/onlay – Once we have prepared your inlay/onlay, we will test its fit on your teeth. If it fits correctly, we will then secure it in place. The full process, from preparing for the inlay/onlay to fitting the dental piece, only takes one visit to complete.