Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are restorations that can be used to restore a damaged or otherwise compromised tooth. The restoration can last for many decades, and it is made to mimic the feel and look of your own natural teeth. The beauty about inlays and onlays is that they are a mixture between a filling and a full dental crown. They’re helpful when a filling isn’t sufficient enough and when a dental crown is too large for the treatment needing to be done.
Why would Inlays and Onlays be needed?
An inlay, which sits inside the cusps and grooves of the tooth, may be necessary if there is a large filling or a large area of decay. Onlays, which sit over the top of the tooth, are often helpful when replacing fillings or covering an area that has slightly cracked or chipped. These restorations are custom-made for each patient, so they provide a more even fit when compared to fillings.
Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
Dr. Molina can examine your teeth to determine if you might need or would benefit from an inlay or onlay. Most patients who need either of these restorations can easily have the procedure done. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to request either restoration in place of having a filling put into a tooth. Inlays and onlays can last for decades without showing signs of any wear.
What happens during the process for Inlays and Onlays?
Dr. Molina will remove old filling material and decay from the tooth. Impressions are taken to create detailed molds of the tooth and surrounding area. These molds are then utilized to make the new restoration. Your second visit into the office involves having the inlay or onlay placed permanently. The fit and bite are adjusted to ensure that it is comfortable. You can then leave the office feeling confident in your brand new smile and the way that it looks.
If you would like to learn more about inlays and onlays while benefiting from our comfortable, spa-like office, call us today so that we can schedule you for an appointment.