Inlays and onlays
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations which are used for the repair of teeth with mild to moderate decay and damage, or teeth that are cracked or fractured. They are ideal if the tooth is not damaged enough to need the protection of a dental crown but has endured enough damage that it cannot be repaired with a filling. Inlays and onlays are also called indirect restorations as they are made outside the mouth in a dental lab.
Inlays and onlays can be manufactured using porcelain or composite resin. Dental inlays are used to treat teeth that have decay or damage lying between the cusps of the teeth, while onlays are used to treat decay that reaches out to one or more cusps.
The placement of inlays and onlays usually takes two appointments. During your first visit, we will clean the tooth and remove damage and decay. Then, we will take an impression of your tooth. A temporary inlay or onlay is placed on the affected tooth while the final one is prepared in a dental lab. During your next appointment, the temporary restoration is removed, and the permanent one is placed on the tooth using dental bonding material.
Advantages of tooth restoration using Inlays and Onlays:
- They are almost invisible restorations since they are made to match the natural tooth color.
- The use of inlays and onlays requires less preparation for the tooth than metal fillings.
- Unlike metal fillings, inlays and onlays do not contract or expand with temperature changes caused by hot or cold foods.
- Inlays and onlays can replace silver fillings to create a natural and healthy smile.
- They are durable and can last for up to 30 years.
- By saving decayed teeth, inlays and onlays prevent the need for more extensive treatment later.
For more information, please feel free to contact our office for a consultation. Call us at (954) 526-1927.