Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay or onlay is a type of restoration that is placed either inside of the cusps of a tooth or on the top of these cusps. This restoration is similar to a crown, but it is smaller in size and requires less drilling of the tooth. Dr. Adkins is able to perform both inlay and onlay procedures to restore beauty and integrity to your smile. This option is most ideal for patients with deep cavities, fillings or those who have broken or cracked the upper portion of a tooth.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
An inlay or onlay is normally made out of porcelain and matched to your existing teeth. The restoration is meant to cover and repair areas of the tooth that have become compromised. If you’ve broken or cracked a tooth or have a deep cavity or filling, this restoration is a more suitable choice than others available. Inlays and onlays can last for decades with proper maintenance and routine care.
What makes you a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
Most patients who need or want an inlay or onlay are good candidates for this procedure. The procedure requires local anesthetic, so no heavy sedation is involved or needed. Inlays and onlays last longer than many other restorations, like fillings. They’re an ideal choice for patients who want a restoration that is natural, durable and long-lasting.
What can be expected during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
The area that will receive the inlay or onlay is prepared for the restoration. This may involve filing or smoothing of the tooth’s surface as well as removal of any signs of decay. Impressions, or molds are taken of the tooth to create the new inlay or onlay. This is done in a specialized lab where techs create and construct the new restoration. You’ll come back into our office where Dr. Adkins will place the new inlay or onlay and smooth the bite. You can expect a restoration that lasts for decades with proper dental care.
If you are interested in either an inlay or an onlay, call our office today and our staff members will be happy to further assist you.