Dental inlays and onlays are a dental procedure that is used to restore a decayed or damaged tooth to its original condition and can actually strengthen it.
What is an Inlay or Onlay?
An inlay or onlay is a type of restoration that is placed inside of the grooves of the tooth or completely over the crown of the tooth. Inlays and onlays typically last for up to 30 years, so they’re a more permanent solution when compared to fillings and crowns. Inlays and onlays are custom made to fit your smile, creating a beautifully flawless look. We offer high-quality inlays and onlays to meet your specific dental needs.
Why might you need an Inlay or Onlay?
You can think of an inlay or onlay as a mixture between a full crown and a filling. This restoration is ideal for patients who may have larger fillings or those who have had a tooth break or fracture just at the crown area. Inlays and onlays are great for patients who want a more long-term restorative alternative, since it is not uncommon for them to last for three or more decades before needing to be replaced. Some of the reasons you might need an inlay or onlay include:
- You have large fillings or decay
- You have a tooth that has chipped, broken or fractured
- You want a more long-term alternative to other restorations
- You have deep grooves and cusps in your teeth
What makes you a candidate for Inlays or Onlays?
Before deciding that inlays and onlay are right for you, you’ll need to come in and have a consultation with Dr. Buccellato. We can determine if an inlay or onlay is the best choice for your own personal dental needs. In order to be a good candidate for the procedure, you will need to benefit from either of these restorations. In some cases, a filling or crown is more beneficial to you than an onlay or inlay.
What can you expect with the Inlay and Onlay procedure?
You will have the area to be worked on numbed for your comfort. The tooth is then prepped for the restoration. If there is decay present, it will be removed during this time. Next, impressions are taken of the area so that they can be sent off to a local dental laboratory. There, your inlay or onlay is made for you and will match perfectly with the rest of your teeth. You will come back in to have the restoration permanently placed on top of or inside of the tooth.
If you’re interested in learning more about inlays and onlays, call our office and one of our helpful staff members can assist you.