Inlays and onlays are dental treatments that repair teeth that are mildly decayed or cracked but need more than a filling, as well as teeth that are not damaged enough for a crown. This type of work allows the perseveration of much of the original structure of the tooth.
How is an inlay different than an onlay?
A dental inlay fits inside the tooth’s top edges, much like a filling. Onlays are bigger and extend over several teeth cusps.
How are inlays and onlays better than metal fillings?
For one, they are more tough and durable, unlike fillings. Inlays and onlays can strengthen your teeth more than regular fillings. Made from porcelain, gold, or composite resin, they also help your teeth to last longer and eliminate the need for excessive dental treatments.
What does the inlay/onlay procedure entail?
The inlay and outlay dental procedure is basically the same except for a few small differences. Your first visit involves prepping the tooth for the procedure. After numbing the area, your dentist will remove any part of the tooth that is decayed or damaged. Then, a mold is made of your tooth so that a lab can make your inlay or onlay. In the meantime, you will get a temporary restoration of your tooth. During the second appointment, your permanent onlay or inlay will be fitted and bonded so that it looks natural.