Restoring Your Smile

 

There are times when a tooth suffers damage (from decay, for example) that is too extensive to be treated with a simple filling — but not extensive enough to need a full-coverage crown.
In these cases, the best option for restoring the tooth may be an inlay or onlay.

Both inlays and onlays are considered “indirect” fillings, meaning that they are fabricated outside the mouth (generally at a dental laboratory), and then bonded to the tooth by the dentist.
This is in contrast to a “direct” filling, which is applied directly to the cavity by the dentist in one office visit.

An inlay sits in the grooves within the cusps of the tooth. An onlay is larger, wrapping over the cusps of the tooth to cover more of the tooth’s chewing surface.
Your dentist will advise you on which should be used, based on how much of the tooth structure has been lost.
The inlay or onlay can be made from porcelain or a composite for a better cosmetic look. Otherwise gold or amalgam can be used.

Inlays and onlays are strong, long-lasting, and require no greater level of care than any other tooth.
Conscientious daily brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings at the dental office are all you need to make sure your restoration lasts for years to come.

Inlays – Onlays costs will differ depending on the materials used and size and complexity of the treatment. Consult your dentist regarding what is required for your situation and the materials they will use.

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