Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are more extensive than dental fillings. They are made of gold, porcelain or resin depending on the patient’s needs and aesthetic goals. An inlay refers to a restoration that is formed to fit the center of a tooth, whereas an onlay refers to a restoration that encompasses at least one cusp of the tooth. Both inlays and onlays are bonded to the surface of damaged teeth and matched to the color of the surrounding teeth.
Did you know…
that inlays and onlays can serve as alternative treatments to dental crowns when you have a broken or damaged tooth? When fillings are not enough to adequately repair a tooth, an inlay or onlay can be custom-created to fit securely onto the tooth’s surface. Depending on the materials used, the restoration can be created to appear natural and will have the same function of an organic tooth. Inlays and onlays have extremely high success rates and because they are custom made for each patient, most last longer than traditional fillings.
You could be a candidate for an inlay or onlay if you have moderate tooth damage or decay. Schedule a dental consultation for a complete examination and to find out if an inlay or onlay is right for you.
First, your tooth will be prepared for treatment, and an impression will be taken to serve as a mold for your new restoration. Once completed, the permanent inlay or onlay will be bonded to the surface of the tooth.
Once you receive your permanent inlay or onlay, you can resume normal eating, brushing and flossing habits.