Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are types of restorations that help to repair and enhance your smile. An inlay typically sits inside the cusps, or grooves, of the tooth. Onlays sit over the very top of the tooth. You can think of these restorations as a smaller version of a full crown. They’re ideal for repairing a tooth, without compromising it to create an abutment to fit a crown.
Why would Inlays and Onlays be needed?
Inlays and onlays are incredibly durable and long-lasting. Most restorations can last for years, and even decades, without needing replacement. Some reasons you might need either restoration include:
- You have a large filling that needs to be replaced
- A tooth has a large area of decay
- Only the very top of a tooth has cracked, chipped, or broken
- You want a longer-lasting alternative to other restorations
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
Dr. Ferdkoff will examine your teeth to determine if an inlay or onlay would benefit you. Most often, an inlay or onlay is suitable for one of the back teeth, as a way to enhance and repair a damaged tooth. It’s not uncommon for patients to request these restorations, because they’re more durable than fillings and other treatment options. If you need an inlay or onlay, keep in mind that this restoration is custom made to fit you perfectly, ensuring comfort following the procedure.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
The procedure will begin by administering local anesthetic, as needed. Dr. Ferdkoff will next remove any old filling material or decay from the tooth. If the tooth is cracked or broken, any sharp edges will be filed down. We then take impressions of the tooth, which will be used to make the brand new inlay or onlay. Your second visit into the office involves placing the restoration, smoothing out any uneven edges. You’ll then benefit from a full, beautiful smile that’s restored to optimal health and function.
If you think you’d benefit from an inlay or onlay, call the office today, and our staff members will get you in for a consultation. Our convenient, extended office hours make it easy to schedule your dental care at a time that works for you.