Inlays & Onlays
Look good, feel good, lasts a long time!
Learn more about our inlays and onlays services and how they can benefit you.
Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50%. As an alternative, inlays/onlays that are bonded directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins, can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75%. Where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire dental crown, onlays can provide a very good alternative.
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color which can match the natural teeth color.
An inlay (similar to a filling) is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction (similar to the inlay), but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Putting inlays and onlays onto your teeth takes two appointments. During the first appointment, your teeth are cleaned and impressions of your teeth are taken and sent to the lab for fabrication. During your second appointment, your inlay and onlay are placed into your teeth and cemented. Your dentist will then check your teeth to make sure the fit is comfortable for you.
Most of the risks for inlays and onlays are associated with the anesthetic that is used to numb the area around the tooth. This allows dentists to properly clean and prepare your tooth for the inlay and onlay while you can rest comfortably in the dentist’s chair. If you are taking any medication that may react to the anesthetic, make sure to inform your dentist before the treatment. Our team will create a customized treatment plan for you.