Inlays and onlays are used when more than half of the tooth’s biting surface has become damaged. Inlays and onlays can be made from porcelain, gold, or composite resin, and are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth.
Inlays are similar to fillings, bonded to the inside cusp tips of the tooth, while onlays are more substantial as they extend over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Traditional inlays and onlays are made from gold, but porcelain restorations have become a popular choice as they more closely resemble natural tooth color.
Your inlay or onlay procedure can be completed in two simple appointments. During the first visit, the filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. To ensure proper fit and bite, we will create an impression of the affected tooth which is then sent to our lab for fabrication. We will apply a temporary sealant so your teeth are protected until your next appointment.
At the second appointment, the temporary sealant is removed. Dr. Davis will check once more for proper fit, then the inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished to a smooth finish.
Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50%. Inlays and onlays are bonded directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins, increasing the strength of a tooth by up to 75%. As a result, inlays and onlays can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years with routine visits and proper care.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Davis to learn how inlays and onlays can restore your beautiful smile.