If your teeth have suffered mild to moderate damage, a dental inlay or onlay might be placed in order to restore the damaged tooth. Inlays and onlays are restorations that are used when a damaged tooth cannot be repaired with a traditional filling, but the damage is not extensive enough to require a crown. Inlays and onlays are a solution that allows the dentist to conserve a good portion of the patient’s original tooth structure.
Inlays and onlays provide many benefits to a patient. Some of these include:
- Strength and durability
- Prolonged tooth function
- Lessens the need for future dental treatment
Placement is the main difference between a dental inlay and a dental onlay. A dental inlay is used to repair space between the cusps of the tooth, at the center of the tooth’s surface. A dental onlay is used to cover one or more of the cusps or the entire biting surface of the tooth.
The placement of inlays and onlays are similar procedures and are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. Impressions are made of the damaged tooth, and a custom inlay or onlay is made to fit the tooth perfectly. Once we know that the inlay or onlay fits properly, the dentist will bond the restoration to the tooth with a strong resin adhesive. After this is completed, the restoration is polished to ensure smoothness and an aesthetically pleasing look.
Inlays and onlays may be a solution for anyone suffering with a moderately damaged or decayed tooth. If you think an inlay or onlay would help restore your smile, give our office a call today at the location nearest you.