Repair Your Teeth After Decay or Damage
When a tooth is damaged, it is important to restore function and protect the affected area. For those who don’t need extensive restoration to their tooth, dental inlays and onlays are less invasive, conservative approaches that can substitute the need for a dental crown. Dental inlays restore the chewing surface of your tooth, similar to a filling, and fit inside the tooth cusps. An onlay covers the biting surface and one or more cusps of the tooth, but still leaves some natural tooth structure exposed.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
At 38 Meserole Dental, we strive to maintain as much of your natural tooth structure with every procedure. Dental inlays and onlays restore just the damaged portion of your tooth, leaving the healthy structure alone. While dental crowns restore function and appearance to a tooth as well, they require removing much more of the tooth structure, causing the natural tooth to be weaker overall. You may be a good candidate for inlays or onlays if you want to:
- Repair cracked or fractured teeth
- Repair damage from decay
- Replace a small filling
- Have a natural-colored tooth filling
- Strengthen a damaged tooth structure
Inlays and Onlays Process
The entire inlay and onlay process can often be completed in two office visits, following a consultation. First, we will take impressions of your tooth and send them to a lab to create the restoration. At this visit we may also fit you with a temporary inlay or onlay, depending on your unique case. During your next visit the temporary is removed and the final piece is fitted.
Natural-Looking Restorations for a Healthy Smile
Nothing is better than your natural teeth, so preserving your healthy tooth structure is always a priority. Dental inlays and onlays cover just a portion of your tooth, retaining the natural strength and health of your smile. Inlays and onlays also provide a precise fit and match the color to your other teeth, providing a lifelike, natural look. You can even have your gold or silver fillings replaced with an inlay. For those seeking a way to repair damage to their teeth, dental inlays and onlays are an excellent solution.
Before and Afters