Inlays & Onlays

What are Inlays & Onlays?

An inlay or onlay is a type of dental restoration that is durable, long-lasting and an ideal replacement for larger fillings. Teeth that have large fillings or deep decay may benefit from either of these restorations. Furthermore, a tooth that has cracked or broken just at the cusp may not need a full crown and would instead benefit from an onlay. Both inlays and onlays are made using realistic-looking materials that can last for as long as 30 years.

Why might you need Inlays & Onlays?

You may need an inlay or onlay if you have a filling that needs to be replaced or if there is a break or crack only at the very top of the tooth. An inlay sits on the inside of the fissures and cusps whereas an onlay will cover the entire top portion of the tooth. Inlays and onlays are similar to crowns, but smaller in size and often more durable. By coming in for an appointment, we can help determine if this procedure is right for you.

What makes you a good candidate for Inlays & Onlays?

Patients with older fillings, slight cusp-specific breaks and deep decay will benefit the most from this procedure. The procedure itself does not require any surgery, so it is safe for most healthy adults. A tooth shade guide is taken before the restoration is made so that it will match your smile perfectly. Inlays and onlays are comfortable and once they’re properly inserted, you won’t even know you have one.

What can you expect during the procedure for Inlays & Onlays?

You will first come in and have the area prepared for the new restoration. If an older filling has to be removed or if there is decay present, these will be removed prior to any other work being done. The top portion of the tooth is prepped and an impression taken. The impression is used by dental lab techs who work to create your new inlay or onlay. The restoration is then placed and smoothed or filed down to create a more comfortable fit. With good care, you can expect the new restoration to last up to 30 years.

If you’re interested in either inlays or onlays, we are here to take your call and schedule an appointment for you to come in.