Inlays and Onlays are dental restorations that serve as conservative alternatives to full coverage dental crowns. Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer lasting solution to tooth decay or similar damage. These restorations are beneficial from both an esthetic and functional point of view.
As opposed to dental fillings being molded into place within the mouth, inlays and onlays are fabricated indirectly in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth by your dentist. An inlay is when the material is bonded within the center of the tooth, while an onlay is when the damage requires inclusion of one or more points of the tooth or full coverage of the biting surface.
An inlay or an onlay is completed in two dental visits. During your first visit, your dentist must prepare the damaged tooth. A molded impression of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where an inlay or onlay is created. Both can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, porcelain, or resin. The main difference is seen in the appearance of the finished restoration. During the second visit, a provisional temporary is removed, and your inlay or onlay is placed.
For more information on inlays and onlays contact Berry Hill Dentistry at 516-921-1717.