Inlays and Onlays

What are Inlays and Onlays?

An inlay or onlay is a restoration that mimics the look and feel of a full dental crown, but is much smaller in size. They are made out of realistic-looking materials that match your teeth perfectly. An inlay sits inside of the grooves of the teeth, whereas, an onlay sits on the very top of the tooth, like a crown but smaller in size. These restorations can last for many years before needing replacement.

Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?

An inlay may be necessary if there is a deeper cavity in the very top of the tooth. Inlays can be used to replace fillings for a more uniform, long-lasting look. Onlays are ideal for areas of a tooth that have broken or cracked. Onlays sit on the very top of the teeth, and can be helpful in providing a more structured surface.

Very thorough explanation of the procedure. Staff very nice and accommodating.”

Donice Arrington

What makes you a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

Most patients who want an onlay or inlay are good candidates for the actual procedure. The procedure requires simple local anesthetic, so it is easily done in-office, at a time convenient for you. They may be ideal for patients with larger fillings or cavities, or those who have broken or chipped a tooth. They last longer than composite (tooth-colored) fillings, so they’re a more long-term alternative to other restorations.

What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?

The tooth is first prepared for impressions to be taken. If decay is present, or if there is an old filling in the tooth, this will be removed before the new restoration is placed. Impressions are taken, and will be sent to a local lab where the inlay or onlay is made custom for you. You will come in for a second appointment to have the new restoration permanently placed. We will smooth and file the bite, so that the restpratoion comfortable and fits well. Your new inlay or onlay will last for many years, and even decades, with proper care.

If you would like to learn more about inlays and onlays, call our office today, and we can schedule an appointment for you to come in.