Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are more stable and sturdy than a filling, but not as big as a dental crown. They are ideal for when you have deep cavities, older fillings or areas of broken tooth that won’t necessarily benefit from a full crown. They can last for many years with proper care, similar to a dental crown. The procedure to place the restoration is easy and done in two appointments.
Why would Inlays and Onlays be needed?
You may need an inlay or onlay if an area of your tooth has broken, has deep decay or if it has a large filling that needs to be replaced. Inlays sit inside of the cusps of a tooth and are ideal for areas of large decay or fillings. Onlays sit on the very top of the tooth and are essential for covering areas that have broken, chipped or cracked.
“The best dentist ever! Judy is absolutely amazing! She is always smiling and always is helpful! My dental hygienist Bethany was AMAZING! She was so gentle and explain everything as she went!”
Who’s a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
The procedure to place the inlay or onlay is easy and quick. You should commit to coming into the office for at least two appointments in order to have the restoration made and placed for you. These options are ideal for patients who don’t need a full crown but won’t benefit from a simple filling. They’re durable and can last for decades with regular care and oral hygiene.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
First, we may administer a local anesthetic to numb the area before we begin any work. We start by either removing decay, older fillings or smoothing the tooth to make room for the restoration. Impressions are then taken and used to create your actual inlay or onlay. Your second appointment involves placing the actual restoration and adjusting its fit. Your new inlay or onlay is a long-lasting solution to many dental problems and less invasive than having to place an entire crown.
If you think you might need an inlay or onlay, call us today and we’ll help to answer all of your questions regarding this procedure.