Inlays and Onlays

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are restorations that help to enhance your natural smile. They are similar to a dental crown, but smaller in size. This makes them ideal for areas where a crown isn’t necessarily needed. For some patients, utilizing an inlay or onlay in place of a filling can create a more long-wearing restorative option.

Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?

An onlay covers the top portion of a tooth, so it may be needed if a tooth has broken or fractured. Another use for an onlay is to replace a large filling or decay that has occurred in that area. Inlays sit inside of the cusps of a tooth, so they’re more appropriate for fillings and deep grooves that may become a problem with decay. Most inlays and onlays can last for decades with proper care, similar to a crown or bridge.

What makes you a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are ideal for most people who need or want them. However, you will come in for an exam so that we can determine if they are the right restoration option for you. The procedure is quick and easy, so you won’t need to worry about having to wait weeks for high-quality results. Your inlay or onlay will replace existing restorations that might have begun to show signs of wear.

What happens during the Inlay and Onlay procedure?

You will come in and receive local anesthetic before the procedure begins. We will then start by removing any old fillings or restorations before the new one is placed. If there is decay in the tooth, it will be fully removed before the inlay or onlay is placed. Next, we take impressions that will be used to create the new restoration. We then place the permanent inlay or onlay so that it is comfortable and fits well.

If you would like to learn more about inlays and onlays, call our office today and we will be happy to answer all of your questions regarding this procedure.