Inlay & Onlay
Kent WA Dentist
Dental restorations called inlays and onlays are more substantial than dental fillings but less so than caps and crowns. Depending on the needs and aesthetic objectives of the patient, they are often constructed of gold, porcelain, or resin and produced in a dental lab. An onlay is a restoration that covers at least one of the tooth’s cusps, whereas an inlay is a restoration that is shaped to suit the middle of a tooth. Both inlays and onlays are attached to the surface of broken teeth using dental adhesive and are colored to match the neighboring teeth.
Did You Know…
that when you have a cracked or damaged tooth, inlays and onlays can be used as alternatives to dental crowns? When fillings are not sufficient to fully restore a tooth, a custom-made inlay or onlay can be made to fit snugly over the tooth’s surface. The restoration can be made to look natural and perform exactly like an organic tooth depending on the materials employed. Because they are produced specifically for each patient, inlays and onlays have extraordinarily high success rates and typically last longer than conventional fillings.
Seablue Dental Office FAQ
You could be a candidate for an inlay or onlay in if you have moderate tooth damage or decay and are in search of an alternative restoration option to a crown or cap. Schedule a dental consultation for a complete examination and to find out if an inlay or onlay is right for you.
Your inlay or onlay restoration will be completed over multiple dental treatments. First, your tooth will be prepared for treatment, and an impression will be taken to serve as a mold for your new restoration. You may be fitted with a temporary restoration while your permanent inlay or onlay is fabricated. Once completed, you will return to have the temporary restoration removed and the permanent one bonded to the surface of the teeth.
Special care needs to be given to your teeth while temporary restorations are in place. It is important to avoid sticky or hard foods that could cause significant damage to temporaries. Once you receive your permanent inlay or onlay, you can resume normal eating, brushing and flossing habits.