You may have heard the terms “onlays” and “inlays” mentioned among other restorative dental treatments. What are onlays and inlays? How can they keep your teeth healthy and strong?
Sometimes referred to as a combination of a crown and a filling, inlays and onlays fit into teeth like a custom-made puzzle piece. A fracture or decay in a tooth can end up being too extensive for the tooth to retain a simple filling. But if the damage is not too deep, then a crown may not be necessary.
An inlay or onlay would be the link that provides a middle-ground solution.
Inlays are called such because they would replace areas of the tooth that make up the “valley” or grooves of the tooth. Onlays serve the same purpose, but will also cover one or more of the “mountains,” or raised cusps of the tooth.
How They Are Made
Utilizing a photo of the prepared tooth and its neighbors, computer-assisted design technology is used to precisely measure the dimensions of your tooth. Then, a strong piece of porcelain is milled to fit the tooth’s dimensions exactly. This piece is cemented in, and the entire process can be completed in a single visit, in many offices.
Without removing as much tooth structure as a crown would, inays and onlays provide a virtually-seamless fit and more strength than a filling, alone. Porcelain inlays and onlays preserve the natural color and structure of a tooth.
Make an appointment to have a complete assessment of your dental needs. If some of your teeth need restoring, ask your dentist about porcelain inlay and onlay options.
Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Comfort Dental
5511 Raeford Rd #255
Fayetteville, NC 28304
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