What are Inlays and Onlays?
Dentists use inlays and onlays to treat advanced tooth decay or cavity cases. The pieces are made of high-quality dental materials like ceramic, gold., or composite resin. An inlay or onlay is bonded to the damaged area of a tooth. when more than half of the tooth’s biting surface has been damaged, Dr. Lowenguth may use an inlay or onlay.
An inlay is used on the inside of the tooth’s cusp, while onlay is used when coverage extends over the cusps to the exterior of the teeth.
How are Inlays and Onlays Applied?
The inlay or onlay procedure takes one visits to our office for ceramic based restorations. Dr. Lowenguth prepares the tooth by either removing a previously existing filling or removing any decay. A digital impression of the tooth will be taken and the inlay or onlay will be crafted based on the exact tooth it will be used on. You will then have the restoration bonded into place.
Important Considerations for Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays strengthen the tooth they are bonded to after it has suffered decay or damage. In contrast, traditional fillings can reduce tooth strength by up to 50%. Inlays and onlays last anywhere from 10 – 30 years and in some cases can be used as an alternative to crowns.