Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are restorations that can restore your smile to its original size and shape. An inlay sits inside the cusps of a tooth while the onlay sits over the very top portion of a damaged tooth. Both inlays and onlays can last for decades without showing signs of wear. They are custom-fitted for each individual patient so that the restoration looks completely natural.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
The reason you may need an inlay is because you have an area of large decay or you have an old filling that needs to be replaced. Onlays are best suited to teeth that are cracked, broken or fractured just on the very top. The tooth may not need a full dental crown, so an onlay or inlay is more than sufficient. The process to place either an inlay or onlay is quick and easy, and it is typically done in two visits to our office.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
Most patients who require an inlay or onlay can have the procedure done. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to request either of these restorations because they are more durable than a typical filling. Dr. Alfonso will examine your teeth to determine if you may need an inlay or an onlay. It is best to have the procedure done as soon as possible to prevent further wear or damage to the tooth.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
The procedure begins by removing any and all decay or old filling material from the tooth. Impressions are taken and will be used to make the actual restoration. You will then be scheduled to come back in for a second appointment. This second visit involves placing the actual inlay or onlay. We adjust its fit so that it is as comfortable as possible. You will then be able to leave the office with a gorgeous, full and healthy-looking smile.
If you want to learn more about inlays and onlays, call us today so that we can get you in for a consultation appointment.