Inlays / Onlays
What is a tooth inlay/onlay?
A tooth inlay or onlay is a porcelain, gold, or composite resin filling, much like a traditional tooth filling. Tooth onlay or inlays are used to restore a tooth that has been damaged partially due to decay or chipping. In most cases, the more than half of the tooth biting surface is damaged when an inlay or onlay is recommended. These dental treatments are able to strengthen the tooth’s surface. At Concerned Dental, we offer a wide variety of restorative dentistry options, including inlays and onlays for damaged teeth. Visit our dental office in New York to determine if you’re a good candidate for this treatment option.
What is the difference between a dental inlay and onlay?
Dental inlays are attached to the surface of the tooth and are recommended when a patient has less severe damage to the tooth.
A dental onlay is used for a more substantial tooth reconstruction and extends beyond the cusp of the tooth.
When are dental inlays or onlays used?
Dental inlays or onlays are often used when a tooth has suffered damage that is not extensive enough to warrant a dental crown. Inlays or onlays are often preferred over traditional fillings because they can last a long time and do not reduce the tooth’s structural strength. Some of the situations that may indicate that you need dental inlays or onlays include the following:
- Tooth damage (including chipped or cracked teeth)
- Mild to severe tooth decay
- Chronic toothaches, which may indicate damage or decay
- Tooth structural damage
What does getting dental inlays or onlays involve?
You can expect the following when getting dental inlays or onlays from one of our dentists at Concerned Dental:
- Dental inlays and onlays often will be done over the course of two visits to Concerned Dental.
- During your first visit, the damaged portion of your tooth is removed and your dentist prepares the remaining tooth for the inlay.
- At your second appointment, your dentist matches the inlay or onlay filler solution to the natural shade of your teeth.
- Then, Your doctor checks the inlay or onlay to ensure that it fits correctly and feels smooth against your tongue.
- The inlay or onlay is bonded and polished for a smooth finish.
What are the benefits of visiting a dentist for inlays or onlays?
Visiting our team of experienced dental professionals at Concerned Dental for your inlays or onlays can offer you the following benefits:
- In-house oral surgeons, orthodontists, and general dentists all under one roof
- Keeps tooth’s natural strength, which can be diminished when using traditional fillings
- Long lasting, usually between 10-30 years
- Good alternative to dental crowns when damage is not extensive