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What are Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay or onlay can restore your smile to its original shape and size. These restorations can be thought of as a mixture between a full crown and a filling. They are helpful when a filling just isn’t enough to restore a tooth and when a full dental crown is too large. For this reason, you may need a custom-fabricated inlay or onlay that works for you.
Why might Inlays and Onlays be needed?
If a tooth has cracked or broken on the very top surface or if you have a large filling that needs to be replaced, we might recommend either an onlay or an inlay. These restorations are custom-made for our patients, so they are going to feel as natural as possible. You will find that these restorations last for decades before complete replacement is needed. This helps when knowing that you’re choosing a dental option that you won’t need to worry about once it’s placed.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
Some of our patients request either an onlay or inlay because of how durable the restoration is when compared to other options. We can examine your smile to determine if the restoration is needed. If you have an older inlay or onlay, we might recommend that it be replaced with a new one. The restoration process is an easy and quick procedure that leaves your smile looking its best.
What happens during the procedure to place Inlays and Onlays?
We first remove any decay or old filling material from the tooth. The next step is to take impressions of the area. These molds are used to make either the onlay or inlay that will be placed. The next appointment into our office involves placing the restoration using a permanent professional-grade dental cement. The restoration is comfortable and new, and it’ll last you for many years before it has to be replaced. You will find that inlays and onlays restore your smile and help to provide a more natural look to your teeth.
If you’d like to learn about inlays and onlays, call us today so that our helpful staff members can further assist you.