In some cases, decay on a tooth can be too extensive to be restored by a traditional filling but not severe enough to warrant a full dental crown. In these cases, our dentist will often recommend an inlay or onlay to fix your moderately damaged or decayed tooth.
When you experience moderate damage or decay on a tooth, an inlay or onlay may be the answer for you. Inlays and onlays are sometimes referred to as “indirect fillings” because they can restore the function of a tooth like a filling, but they are fabricated outside of the mouth in a dental laboratory and then applied to the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are both restorative dental treatments for moderately damaged or decayed teeth. The restoration is considered an inlay when the damage or decay does not affect the cusps of a tooth, and it is considered an onlay when the damage or decay affects one or more cusps or points on a tooth.
The process of applying an inlay or onlay typically requires two visits to our office. The first appointment is when our dentist will clean out the cavity or decayed tooth material. We will also take detailed impressions of your teeth during the first appointment. This will allow the dental lab to create your custom-made inlays or onlays. The second appointment is when we will restore your teeth by placing the inlay or onlay in your tooth.
If you require a restoration for moderate damage, please give our dental office a call.