What Are Inlays and Onlays?
If you have less than perfect teeth due to decay or trauma, your dentist may use inlays and onlays for treatment. Inlays and onlays are typically made out of gold, composite resin, or porcelain. However, because of their natural looking appearance and longevity, porcelain has become the most popular choice for restorations. Inlays are similar to dental fillings and are used to restore the inside of the cusps of your tooth. Onlays are similar, but include the cusps of your teeth. If your tooth is more than half damaged, your dentist will typically choose inlays and onlays for treatment rather than a filling.
Why Do You Need Inlays and Onlays?
At Silverlake Dental Group, if you have extensive damage to your teeth due to decay or trauma, you may be treated with dental inlays and onlays instead of crowns. Some other reasons why you may need an inlay or onlay include:
- You have a broken or fractured tooth
- You want to fix your bite with a cosmetic enhancement
- You have existing fillings that have fractured or have fallen out
- You need to replace your existing fillings
Inlays and onlays are a great alternative to dental crowns because they are more conservative. We do not have to remove as much of your enamel for treatment.
What Does the Procedure for Inlays and Onlays Involve?
During the procedure for inlays or onlays, your dentist will numb the area and remove any fillings or areas showing signs of decay. Your dentist will then shape the area to make room for the inlay or onlay. We will then make impressions of your teeth to send to a dental lab so your restoration can be made. Once we receive your inlay or onlay, you will come into our office so it can be permanently placed. This restorative process will give you natural results and strengthened teeth.
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