Dental Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are custom-made fillings used in teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma. An inlay restoration is utilized to repair damage to the tooth’s biting surface. Onlays are very similar to inlays except they are used when both the tooth’s biting surface and one or more of the chewing cusps requires repair.
Inlays and onlays also make suitable replacements for fractured older fillings. They have the added benefit of being a more conservative treatment approach than crowns because they don’t require as much of the tooth structure to be removed.
Inlays can be made of composite material, gold or porcelain. Porcelain is a popular choice because it can be closely matched to the shade of the tooth and is naturally translucent. Porcelain is also the preferred material when the broken or decayed part of the tooth is too large for a composite (white) filling. Bonded onto the remaining tooth structure, porcelain is stronger than composite material but still provides excellent aesthetics that are preferable to conventional silver fillings.
Porcelain inlays and onlays are highly durable and last much longer than conventional fillings. With proper care, porcelain inlays and onlays will last a long time, but as with most dental restorations, they may someday require replacement.
Reasons for getting porcelain inlays or onlays:
- To repair broken, fractured or decayed teeth
- To repair fractured fillings
- For larger fillings
- For cosmetic enhancement
Two appointments are required for an inlay or onlay procedure. During your first visit, several impressions (molds) will be taken that will be used to create your custom inlay or onlay. A temporary restoration is placed for added protection until your next appointment.
During your second appointment, your new custom inlay or onlay will be carefully fitted and cemented into place. We will make any necessary adjustments to ensure the perfect fit.
At Epic Dental, we use the latest technology and highest quality materials to produce inlays and onlays that offer superior fit, function, and aesthetics. Following treatment, we will provide instructions for the care of your new dental restoration. As with natural teeth, proper oral hygiene, good eating habits, and regular dental visits will help maintain the life of your new inlay or onlay.
Feel free to contact us at our dental office you have any questions about inlays and onlays or to schedule a consultation with one of our highly-trained dentists. We proudly serve Norwood, Walpole, and surrounding areas.