Inlays and Onlays
The Difference Between an Inlay and Onlay
Both inlays and onlays are used to restore a decayed or damaged tooth to its original condition. Both are also considered to be a more conservative approach to dental crowns because they do not involve a complete reshaping of the damaged tooth.
There is only one major difference between an inlay and onlay: the position of the restoration. An inlay fits within the cusps of your teeth, while an onlay covers the entire occlusal (bite) surface, and extends over one or more of the cusps.
The Procedure for Inlays and Onlays
The procedure for these indirect fillings is broken down into two appointments. During the first appointment, our dentists will prepare the damaged tooth, and take a molded impression. The impression is sent to the dental laboratory, where specially-trained technicians will fabricate your indirect filling. While your restoration is being fabricated, we may provide you with a provisional temporary to protect the tooth.
We will discuss with you which material is best to use. Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or resin composite. If aesthetics are an issue, we will recommend porcelain or resin composite. If the restoration must support a strong bite force, gold may be the best option.
Once the restoration is complete, we can schedule your second appointment. During your visit, our dentists will remove the temporary and place your final restoration. Inlays and onlays are extremely stable restorations that rarely fail. Before you leave, our dentists will check the margins to ensure a smooth fit and proper bite. It is important to make sure there are no occlusion-related problems affecting the margins of the restoration. Once we have achieved the proper fit, the restoration will be permanently bonded to the tooth and polished.
The Benefits of a More Conservative Approach
There are some benefits to choosing an indirect filling over a dental crown, some of which include:
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If you would like to learn more about indirect fillings, please call Tulsa: (918) 749-0303 Claremore: (918) 343-4300, and schedule your appointment today!