Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are placed within the cusp tips of the molars. These restorations are sometimes referred to as “partial crowns” because they cover the top of a tooth but not its sides. They are made from composite resin or porcelain.
Benefits of inlays and onlays over crowns and fillings
Inlays and onlays are durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking. They can be custom-crafted to fit your smile and provide several benefits over dental crowns and fillings. For example, inlays and onlays do not cover your entire tooth like a crown, so more of the natural tooth structure is preserved. Inlays only cover the chewing cusps of the tooth, while onlays cover one or more of the cusps.
Inlays and onlays are similar to dental fillings. However, they are stronger and can last longer than dental fillings. Inlays and onlays are custom fit to your tooth. This means that they fit well and comfortably in your tooth. Inlays and onlays are also less sensitive to temperature, so you can enjoy hot or cold foods and drinks without worrying about sensitivity.
How is an inlay or onlay made?
We will conduct a thorough initial diagnosis of the mouth and understand the severity of your condition and determine your candidacy for inlays/onlays. A digital scan of the teeth will be taken and shared with a dental laboratory. The laboratory will fabricate your inlay or onlay from high-quality ceramic material. The restoration will be made to the exact shape and dimensions of your tooth. Your dentist will bond the inlay or onlay to your tooth and take a bite test to ensure your restoration is perfectly in position.
Are inlays and onlays right for me?
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are recommended when patients suffer from tooth decay (cavities) or severe tooth wear. The inlay is a restoration that is bonded inside of the tooth. An onlay is a restoration that is placed on top of the tooth. When a patient has tooth decay, it is necessary to remove the decayed portion of the tooth. Inlays and onlays are recommended when patients come in for restorative treatment and need dental restoration.
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