Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and Onlays

These restorations are made to mimic the look and feel of real teeth.

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Both inlays and onlays are restorative options that are ideal for patients who need something more than a filling. These restorations are made to mimic the look and feel of real teeth. They are long-lasting, with most restorations lasting for years before they need to be replaced. Inlays sit inside the inner cusps of a tooth while an onlay sits on the top of the tooth’s crown.

Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?

You may need an inlay or onlay if you have a deep cavity or are looking to replace older fillings. Onlays can be used to sit over areas that have cracked or broken. Both restorations are a suitable alternative to full crowns and fillings. They’re made out of durable materials that can last for decades with proper care.

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Who’s a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

To determine if you’ll need an onlay or inlay, we recommend coming in for an exam. We can check for signs of cavities as well as fillings that may benefit from full replacement. Many of our patients choose inlays and onlays over other restoration options simply because of how durable and long-lasting they are. They’re more aesthetically-pleasing when placed over compromised teeth within the mouth.

What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?

First, we will remove any decay or older filling material from the tooth. Impressions are taken to create a brand new restoration. We then place the inlay or onlay so that it fits perfectly. Small adjustments are then made to improve its fit. With proper care, you’ll have a restoration that lasts for several decades before you’ll need to have it replaced. Both inlays and onlays are ideal for patients wanting a secure, durable and incredibly long-lasting alternative to some of the other options that you might have in the office.

If you would like to learn more about inlays and onlays, call us today and our friendly staff members can further assist you.