Inlays/onlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays/onlays are an ideal alternative to conventional crowns. They are also more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.
As with most dental restorations, inlays/onlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for inlay restorations:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
What does getting an inlay involve?
An inlay/onlay procedure usually requires two appointments at Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom inlay and a temporary restoration.
While the tooth is numb, will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an inlay/onlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay/onlay is made by our lab.
At your second appointment your new inlay/onlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.
You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and will aid in the life of your new inlay/onlay.