Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are porcelain restorations that are designed to enhance and essentially restore the look of your teeth. They are personally made for each individual patient so that they look completely natural and realistic. They might be necessary if a tooth has cracked or broken only on the very top of its crown or if you’re going to be replacing older amalgam fillings. It’s not uncommon for an inlay or onlay to last for many years before replacement is necessary.
Why would you need Inlays and Onlays?
There are several reasons for why you might benefit from an inlay or onlay. Teeth very rarely crack or break in a specified, uniform manner all the time. If a crack runs along the top of a tooth or if the tooth has only broken slightly, an inlay or onlay can be useful. These restorations can be thought of as smaller dental crowns, so they’re helpful in situations when a full dental crown simply isn’t needed. Many of our patients have onlays and inlays placed in order to replace older metal fillings.
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Who is a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
The best way for us to determine if an onlay or inlay is needed is with an examination. This allows us to look for damage on the surface of any of your teeth and to determine if older metal fillings need to be removed. These restorations offer many aesthetic benefits, and they help to restore the tooth so that it is more stable and functional. If you have an older inlay or onlay, we can remove and replace it as needed.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
We start by removing decay and old filling material from the tooth. If there is a crack or break present, the area is smoothed out. We take impressions of the area and use these molds to create the new inlay or onlay for that specific tooth. You’ll come in for a second appointment to have the restoration placed. It is important to brush and floss carefully around the new restoration to keep it looking its best.
If you are interested in learning more about both inlays and onlays, call the office today to speak with one of our helpful and knowledgeable team members.