Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are restorations that can help to enhance your entire smile. Inlays will sit in the cusps, or grooves, of a tooth. Onlays will sit more over the entire top of the tooth. Both restorations are ideal for teeth that are damaged or compromised, but that don’t require a full dental crown. Inlays and onlays are a long-term solution, since they will typically last for years, or even decades, before needing replacement.
Why would Inlays and Onlays be needed?
Both inlays and onlays are customized to each individual patient. They are made using high-quality dental materials that will blend in well with the rest of your smile. Some of the reasons you might benefit from an inlay or onlay include:
- A tooth has a large filling in it
- A tooth has a large area of dental decay
- A tooth has cracked, chipped, or broken only on the very top
- You want a more stable and long-term alternative to a filling
- Your tooth is damaged or compromised, but doesn’t need a full crown
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
Dr. Ju will examine your teeth to determine if you might need either an inlay or an onlay. Both restorations are ideal for patients who are in need of cosmetic and restorative work. Inlays and onlays are made to mimic the look of your actual tooth. They are often more inconspicuous than tooth-colored fillings, in addition to being longer-lasting.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
The first step will be to remove any old filling material or decay from the tooth. If there is a chip, crack, or break, we will smooth the area before taking impressions. Impressions are then taken and used to make the actual restoration that will be placed. You will come in for a second visit to have the inlay or onlay placed. We will adjust the fit so that it feels comfortable and looks seamless. You can expect the restoration to last for many years without needing special care or treatment.
If you would like to learn more about inlays and onlays, call the office to speak with one of our friendly staff members. We are happy to offer both extended office hours as well as high-quality customer service for our patients.