Dental inlays and onlays are provided when teeth experience moderate damage or decay. These restoration methods are more extensive than dental fillings, but they are more conservative than complete dental crowns.
An inlay or onlay provides the following benefits for a damaged or decayed tooth:
- Keeping the remaining structure durable and intact
- Strengthens the tooth overall
- Prevents the need for more extensive treatments in the future
What makes inlays and onlays unique is that they are custom-made using impressions of the patient’s teeth. This ensures that the best possible restoration is always provided for the patient.
The main difference between inlays and onlays is that inlays do not cover any of a tooth’s existing cusps or points. Instead, an inlay will only cover the area inside these points. But an onlay will cover one or more of the points, and it may even cover the tooth’s entire chewing surface. A tooth that has been restored with an inlay or onlay will have virtually the same appearance as any other healthy, natural tooth. Although its surface may feel somewhat different at first, most patients become used to this very quickly. After treatment, the tooth can be used in the same way as any other tooth. The patient should have no issues with chewing food or providing regular dental maintenance. If the tooth is cared for properly, the restoration should remain intact for many years.
An inlay or onlay can repair your damaged tooth and help make it stronger and more durable than ever. Our experts can determine if an inlay or onlay is the right treatment option for you. Please call us at (714) 706-3466 to schedule an appointment.