INLAYS & ONLAYS
When more than half of a tooth’s biting surface is damaged, we often use an inlay or onlay to restore the tooth’s anatomy.
WHAT ARE DENTAL INLAYS AND ONLAYS?
Inlays and onlays are made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin and are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a dental filling, is placed inside the cusp tips of the tooth.
Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. However, in recent years, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which has the potential of matching the natural color of your teeth.
HOW ARE INLAYS AND ONLAYS APPLIED?
The dentists at Highland Dental Center can typically design and place an inlay or onlay in one appointment.
During the restorative visit, the damaged or decaying area of the tooth (or the filling that is being replaced) is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. To ensure proper fit and bite, we then make a digital scan of the tooth to be restored. Dr. Erny uses CEREC technology to design and mill your porcelain inlay or only there in the office. The inlay or onlay is tried in for fit, bonded to the tooth, and polished for a smooth finish.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR INLAYS AND ONLAYS
Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50 percent. Alternatively, porcelain inlays and onlays, which are bonded directly onto the tooth, using special high-strength resins, can increase the strength of a restored tooth by up to 75 percent. As a result, they typically last for decades with regular care. In some cases, where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire dental crown, inlays and onlays provide a very good alternative.
For more information regarding our inlays and onlays, call our office today! Highland Dental Center Phone Number(717) 759-5063