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Inlays and Onlays

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Both onlays and inlays are types of restorations that can enhance as well as restore the look of a tooth. Inlays sit inside of the cusps, or grooves, of a tooth while the onlay sits more over the top of the tooth. You might need either of these restorations if you’re replacing old fillings, covering an area with a large amount of decay or covering a tooth that has only slightly cracked, chipped or broken.

Why would Inlays and Onlays be needed?

It is not uncommon for patients to request either an inlay or onlay because of how long-lasting the restoration is. Unlike fillings, inlays and onlays can easily last for three or more decades before replacement is needed. They are made to fit your mouth specifically, providing a more comfortable and even fit. This can help to create a natural-looking smile that is durable, beautiful and bright.

What Are Inlays And Onlays
Why Would Inlays And Onlays Be Needed

Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

We can examine your teeth to determine if you might need or would benefit from an inlay or onlay. We may suggest replacing old fillings with these types of restorations to create a more natural look to your smile. If old filling material or decay has to be removed, this is done prior to the inlay or onlay being placed. Most patients who want or need an onlay or inlay can safely have the procedure done in our office.

What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?

We begin by numbing the area using a localized anesthetic. We then remove decay or old filling material from the tooth completely. Impressions are taken of the area and will be used to make the actual restoration. You’ll be scheduled to come in for a second visit to have the permanent inlay or onlay placed. The bite and fit of the restoration is adjusted and you’ll be ready to leave the office feeling confident in your brand new smile. The procedure is easy, quick and provides you with a restoration that can last for several decades.

If you’d like to learn more about inlays and onlays, call us today so that our friendly staff members can answer all of your questions.