Dental Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are used to treat posterior (rear) teeth with moderate decay, cracks, or fractures. When a tooth is too damaged to support a traditional filling, but not damaged enough to warrant a full dental crown, an inlay or onlay may be the ideal choice.
Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are the same kind of restoration, but cover different portions of the tooth. An inlay is placed within the cusps of the occlusal (bite) surface. An onlay extends over one or more cusps or the entire bite surface of the tooth. You can think of an onlay as a partial crown.
At David R. Moyer Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we believe inlays and onlays offer some advantages for patients who want a more conservative restoration. If you need a dental crown, an inlay or onlay could be the better choice.
The Inlay and Onlay ProcedureInlays and onlays typically require two appointments to complete. During the first appointment, Dr. Moyer will remove previous fillings and any decayed tooth material. Once the tooth has been prepared, we take an impression of the area that needs restorative treatment. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, where they will fabricate your final restoration. This process could take a couple of weeks, so you may receive a temporary filling in the meantime.
During your second appointment, Dr. Moyer will place the final restoration, and check the margins to make sure the fit is correct. We may need to make some last minute altercations. Once we achieve the proper fit, the restoration will be bonded to the tooth using dental cement and an ultraviolet curing light.
The Advantages of Inlays and Onlays
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