Inlay and onlay restorations are custom-made composite fillings that are permanently cemented to the cusps of your teeth. They are often used as alternatives to fillings when repairing teeth damaged by decay or trauma.
Inlays vs. onlays
Onlays are essentially identical to inlays with the exception that they are used to treat larger areas on the surface of the tooth.
Reasons for inlay or onlay restorations:
- Broken, decayed or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
What does getting an inlay or onlay involve?
An inlay/onlay usually requires two different appointments. In the first appointment, we will create a detailed mold of the problem area and create a temporary filling to keep the area protected while the inlay/onlay is created. At your second appointment, the inlay/onlay will be cemented into place, ensuring proper fit and a natural bite.
Caring for your new inlay or onlay
Proper oral hygiene, sound diet and visits to your dentist will all help ensure that your inlay or onlay will last for years and years to come.