Inlays & Onlays
If you have minor damage or decay on your teeth that cannot be repaired using dental fillings but is not serious enough to need a dental crown, then inlays and onlays are the right choice for you. These are restorative dentistry treatments using porcelain, gold, or composite to save the healthy portion of a tooth and provide extra stability and strength to it, so that a person can chew normally.
Inlays and onlays are the same types of restorations, but they are used on different portions of a damaged tooth. A dental inlay is placed in the center of the tooth, while an onlay is placed on the outside and inside areas or points.
When you visit the Dental Crown in an Hour clinic for inlay and onlay restoration treatment, we will first numb the area with a local anesthetic and remove damage and decay by drilling. The tooth is then cleaned and prepared for placement of inlays or onlays, as applicable. A small tray filled with dental putty is placed over the teeth to take an impression of the tooth to be treated. This mold is sent to a laboratory where your custom restoration is made. A temporary restoration is placed during this time. During your next appointment, the temporary restoration is removed and the permanent one is carefully attached in place using a strong resin adhesive. The area is then polished to give it a natural looking finish.
Inlays and Onlays: Advantages
- Are Durable: inlays and onlays are made from tough materials and can last up to 30 years
- Provide Strength: unlike traditional fillings that reduce tooth strength by 50%, inlays and onlays can strengthen the teeth by up to 75%
- Prolong tooth-life: use of inlay and onlay restorations can prolong the life of a tooth and prevent the need for future dental treatments.
If you are considering dental inlays and onlays as options to restore your teeth, contact Dental Crown in an Hour for an appointment today. We are located at:
Naples: 9960 Business Circle Unit # 14 Naples, FL 34112 (239) 800-0599
Fort Myers: 16960 Alico Mission Way Ste 100-101 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 800-0575