Dental inlays and onlays are custom restorations that can be used for damage that is too great to be repaired with dental fillings; however, they allow more of the tooth’s structure to be retained than a dental crown. Patients receive inlays and onlays for many reasons including deep cavities, oral injuries and advanced tooth decay. After the tooth has been treated, it will have its appearance and function restored, and it will be able to be used like any other healthy tooth.
Inlays and onlays are used to repair some or all of a tooth’s chewing surface. They are custom designed to ensure an ideal fit and to provide excellent functionality. In order to create the restoration, we will start by taking impressions of the patient’s teeth. These impressions will then be used to build the inlay or onlay in a dental laboratory. Once the restoration is ready, the patient will return for a follow-up visit to have it fitted and secured.
A huge benefit of inlays and onlays is that they add to a tooth’s overall strength, while also improving its general structure and stability. With their custom design, inlays and onlays appear natural, and they will blend in seamlessly with the patient’s original teeth. Any tooth that has been treated with an inlay or onlay will achieve similar strength and function to a healthy tooth. Inlays and onlays provide many benefits:
- Keeping the remaining structure strong and intact
- Providing necessary strength for the tooth
- Preventing the need for future treatments or repairs
In general, inlays and onlays are very similar to one another. The distinction is that an onlay will cover at least one of the tooth’s cusps, or points, on the tooth’s chewing surface. But an inlay will only cover the area inside these points. Whether an inlay or an onlay is used will depend on the type of damage that the tooth has experienced.
If you are suffering from a cavity or mild tooth decay, a dental filling may be able to restore the health of your tooth. A visit to Stein Family Dentistry will allow our experts to determine if a filling can help you. Please call us at (509) 747-5586 to schedule an appointment.
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