Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are more extensive than dental fillings but less so than crowns, also known as caps. They are typically formed in a dental lab and require multiple visits, but in an effort to make the process as easy as possible, we create them for you same-day, right here in our office. 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 when traditional 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? 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for an inlay or onlay?
You could be a candidate for an inlay or onlay in 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.
What should I expect when I get my inlay or onlay restoration?
First, the dentist will numb the area to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Next, your tooth will be prepared for treatment. A digital impression will be taken to allow the dentist to design your restoration using CAD/CAM technology. Once the design is complete, our in- office milling machine will mill your restoration. In about the time it takes you to enjoy a cup of coffee, your inlay or onlay will be ready to try in. The dentist will make any necessary adjustments, and will then cement your restoration in place.
Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?
As soon as the numbing agent wears off, you can resume normal eating, brushing and flossing habits.