Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They are larger than a standard filling, but they are not a full crown. The inlay placement is typically within the cusps of the chewing surface of molars. The onlay can replace one or more of the cusps. Unlike the full crown, these tooth restorations do not cover the entire tooth.
As the inlays and onlays are smaller than the crown, your dentist will not need to do quite as much prep work to the tooth. This can preserve much more of the tooth’s natural structure. Just like composite fillings and dental crowns, the inlays and onlays can be matched to the color of your natural teeth so that you can get a wholly natural restoration. Inlays and onlays are made from durable materials that will be able to stand up to the bite forces that they will be exposed to.
When Are Inlays and Onlays Preferred?
Taking a conservative approach to restoration can help to preserve more of the tooth’s natural structure. Inlays and onlays are used after treatment for decay in a molar. They can also be used to repair cracks and weakness in molars. If a simple composite filling won’t be sufficient to restore the tooth, the inlay or onlay will be considered. Our dentists will evaluate the condition of your teeth and determine which restoration solution will prove to be the better option for you.
The Inlay and Onlay Process
The process for getting an inlay or onlay is quite similar to the process of getting a dental crown. Your numbed tooth will be treated for any damage and decay that is present. This will also make room for the restoration so that it will fit seamlessly onto your tooth. Impressions will be taken of your tooth, so that the lab can create the inlay or onlay for you. A temporary restorative solution will be used in the interim.
When the inlay or onlay is ready, you will return to the office for your dentist to fit it. The molars in our mouths impact the balance and the force of our bite. Therefore it is important to ensure that you get the right comfortable fit. Our professionals may make some minor adjustments before permanently attaching the inlay or the onlay.
To schedule your cleaning, routine check-up or to address concerns with your teeth or gums, contact Mor Smiles at 223-258-5088. Remember that prevention truly is the best cure when it comes to the health of your teeth and gums. We look forward to seeing your smile.