Inlays and Onlays

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Both an inlay and onlay are restorations that can help to improve the look and feel of an otherwise damaged or compromised tooth. The restoration can be used to cover a tooth that has cracked or broken or to replace old fillings. They are typically made of porcelain, which allows them to look both natural and realistic. The benefit of both onlays and inlays is that they can last for many years without needing to be replaced.

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Why would Inlays and Onlays be needed?

There are a couple of reasons for why you might need to have either an inlay or an onlay placed. Your tooth might have cracked or broken across the very top of it. Rather than place a full dental crown, a smaller restoration will be perfect for the area. Likewise, we might recommend an onlay or inlay if you have a larger, older filling that needs to be completely replaced.

Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

With an examination, we can determine if either of these restorations is best for you. The restoration is made for each individual patient, so it fits and feels completely comfortable. You can think of these restorations as smaller crowns, since they look and last as long as larger options. Inlays sit inside the grooves of a tooth while the onlay sits over the very top.

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What are Inlays and Onlays?

What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?

The process begins by removing decay, old filling material and smoothing out areas that are broken or cracked. We then digitally scan your teeth so that we can make the new restoration. With our CEREC technology, we are able to create the restoration while you relax in our office, removing the need for a second visit. Once completed, the restoration is bonded into place and polished before you leave the office. You can benefit from a gorgeous new tooth that will improve the overall look of your smile, while maintaining as much healthy tooth structure as possible.

If you would like to inquire more about inlays and onlays, call our office today so that we can help to answer all of your questions.

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