Inlays and Onlays

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Both inlays and onlays are designed to enhance your natural smile. These restorations can be thought of as smaller crowns, since they’re more durable than a filling but smaller than a typical full dental crown. You might need an inlay or an onlay if a tooth has broken or cracked on the very top surface, or if an older large filling needs to be replaced. Inlays sit inside the cusps and grooves of a tooth, while the onlay sits over the very top of a damaged tooth.

Why might Inlays and Onlays be needed?

There are a few reasons for why you might need either an onlay or an inlay. The most common reason is because a tooth has cracked, fractured or broken. Rather than compromise the entire tooth for a small crack, an inlay or onlay is the better option. Likewise, you might need this restoration placed if you have a large area of decay or an older filling that needs to be replaced.

What Are Inlays And Onlays
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Why Might Inlays And Onlays Be Needed

Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

To determine if an inlay or onlay is needed, we will perform a complete dental examination. This helps us to identify areas that are cracked or broken so that we can provide you with prompt treatment. If you have an older restoration, we can replace it easily in our office at your own convenience. Most inlays and onlays can last for decades, so they’re a long-term solution to many dental problems.

What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?

The inlay and onlay process will start with anesthetic that is used to numb an area of the mouth. We then remove old filling, decay and smooth out cracks and breaks as needed. The next step is to take impressions. These impressions allow us to create the new restoration just for you. You will come back in for a second appointment to have the inlay or onlay placed. With the proper care, you can expect the restoration to last for many years without showing signs of wear.

If you think you might benefit from inlays and onlays, call our office today so that we can get you in for a consultation appointment right away.