Dental Inlays and Onlays
Patients considering a more conservative approach to crowns may consider the benefits of inlays and onlays. These restorations are best used to repair the teeth in the back of the smile that has mild to moderate decay, or teeth that have minor cracks and chips. Many materials are used for the fabrication of inlays and onlays including composite resin, porcelain, metals, and gold. Inlays are restorations used to bond material to the center of the tooth while onlays are best for bonding material that extends further than the cusps.
What are the advantages of inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays have several benefits, including:
- A natural look which makes them virtually indistinguishable from the natural tooth structure
- A great fit that does not contract or expand with temperature changes as fillings do
- A long-term solution that can last many decades before replacement
- A reduced amount of tooth structure removal, preserving the health enamel while offering restoration
How it’s done
In most cases, two visits are necessary for the placement of inlays and onlays. During the initial appointment, Dr. Knight will take impressions of the tooth to send to a dental laboratory for fabrication. A temporary may be placed to protect the tooth in the interim. At the second appointment, the temporary is removed and the permanent restoration is bonded in place.