Inlays and Onlays
At Loretto Family Dentistry, we use innovative restorative dentistry technology to repair teeth damaged by decay - inlays and onlays. If you’ve got a cracked molar or a cavity, you have various restorative dentistry treatments to pick from. While crowns and fillings are the most popular options, we also offer inlays and onlays at our practice. These custom-built restorations are put on the biting area of decaying molars and can be especially great for cavities that are too huge for a normal filling. Moreover, onlays and inlays are less invasive and smaller than full crowns. Composite resin, porcelain, and even gold are used to craft inlays and onlays.
Our dentists are vastly experienced in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Courtesy of our advanced technology and expert knowledge, we can provide gorgeous life-like restorations, usually in one appointment. Onlays and inlays are especially similar. However, onlays are bigger and extend above the pointed edges (cusps) and on the sides of teeth. Inlays rest in between cusps to fix smaller damaged areas.
Inlays and Onlays Procedure
Inlays and onlays have the same treatment process, which usually requires two dental appointments. On your first visit, our dentist will clean the damaged tooth to remove any food debris and decay. If they’re replacing an old filling with an inlay, they’ll remove the filling at this time.
After cleaning the tooth and removing all the decay, our dentist will take an impression of your tooth and submit it to a dental lab. There, the impression is used to custom-make the onlay or inlay. A temporary onlay or inlay will be placed while the restoration is made.
After the inlay or onlay has been custom-made, you’ll need a second dental visit to finish the treatment. During your second visit, the temporary onlay or inlay will be taken out, and the completed restoration will be examined for a good fit. It’ll then be attached to the decayed tooth with dental cement. When in place, the onlay or inlay will be reshaped and polished to ensure proper bite alignment.
Benefits of Inlays & Onlays
Onlays and inlays are very effective dental restorations that provide vital health and functional benefits. First off, they’re smaller than crowns, so they don’t cause significant alteration of teeth. This means more of your healthy, strong tissue can stay intact. Usually, inlays and onlays involve an easier and faster preparation process than crowns. Onlays and inlays are also cheaper than crowns as they use less material.
Moreover, onlays and inlays are usually stronger than fillings, and they may fix teeth with vast decay areas. Lastly, onlays and inlays are very durable. We use special treatment techniques designed to make the restorations last as long as possible.
Onlays and inlays can improve the beauty of your smile by fixing untreated damage or replacing your old metal fillings. For more information related to onlays and inlays, or to determine whether you’re a good candidate for inlays or onlays, we urge you to get in touch with us today. Please contact Loretto Family Dentistry at (940) 287-3535 to arrange a consultation.