What Are Inlays and Onlays?

What Are Inlays and Onlays?

Even moderate tooth damage or decay can have a big effect on your self-confidence, so fixing the problem with an attractive and durable solution is important. If you have a tooth or teeth that are too damaged for a filling but not so badly damaged that they need crowns, inlays and onlays can help.

Made from composite, porcelain or zirconium, inlays and onlays cover the damaged portion of the tooth in such a way that the healthy areas of the tooth remain intact. The difference between inlays and onlays lies in where they are placed. Inlays are used when a tooth is damaged within the top face of the tooth. Onlays are used when damage is covers more than one face of the tooth.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are designed from sturdy materials which are intended to strengthen, stabilize and protect the remaining tooth. Composite, porcelain and zirconia restorations are designed to match the natural color of your teeth, improving the aesthetics of your smile. Because they are a conservative approach to dentistry, they do not require the removal of any healthy portion of your tooth as done when prepping for a crown.

The Process

Before your tooth is prepped for the cosmetic restoration, the dentist will take an impression of your original tooth to create a mold for your final restoration. The tooth is then prepped by removing the decay and damaged section or sections of the tooth. A temporary is set in place until your final restoration is delivered at a second appointment, about two weeks later. At the Yorktown dental practice of Dr. Michael Schwartz and Dr. Jennifer Goodale, we provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere before, during and after your procedure.

Decayed and damaged teeth can result in lower confidence levels, as well as daily discomfort especially when eating and drinking. Inlays and onlays can quickly return your smile and deliver a healthy bite. Drs. Schwartz and Goodale can help you decide which restoration is best for your dental condition. Contact our Yorktown dental officeand schedule an appointment today!