Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are unique tooth restoration methods that provide patients with a more intricate repair than a standard dental filling, without conducting a full dental crown. They are designed to restore the appearance and function of a tooth, while still keeping its original structure and integrity intact. Inlays and onlays are made in a dental laboratory from an impression of the patient’s teeth. Overall, they leave teeth strong and durable, making them a great option for many patients who require a restoration.
When conducting a dental inlay, filling material is bonded to the interior portion of a tooth’s chewing surface. An inlay does not cover any of the cusps on the chewing surface of a tooth, instead only covering the area inside these points. In most cases, an inlay is provided when a tooth is damaged in such a way that it cannot be repaired with a typical dental filling, but a dental crown is unnecessary. Generally speaking, teeth that have been restored with dental inlays are stronger than teeth that have been treated with regular fillings.
Unlike an inlay, a dental onlay will cover one or more of the cusps or points on the tooth. Some dental onlays may even cover the entire chewing surface of the tooth. After a tooth has received a dental onlay, it will be strong and durable. Because of this, we find that in some cases, an onlay is an excellent alternative to a full dental crown.
If you would like to learn more about how inlays and onlays can be used to restore the appearance and function of your teeth, please call us at (972) 313-2002 to schedule an appointment.