Inlays and Onlays
Repairing teeth can require more than just a filling or another cosmetic dental treatment. Teeth that need large portions of material removed due to decay or have suffered other types of damage may need restoration using inlays or onlays. These dental restorations provide structural strength and protection, similar to a dental crown but without completely covering the tooth. Our team at Paul Jang Dentistry can create inlays and onlays to fit your teeth and protect them from further damage.
Did you know…
that inlays and onlays can serve as alternative treatments to dental crowns when you have a broken or damaged tooth? When fillings are not enough to adequately repair a tooth, an inlay or onlay can be custom-created to fit securely onto the tooth’s surface. Depending on the materials used, the restoration can be created to appear natural and will have the same function of an organic tooth. Inlays and onlays have extremely high success rates and because they are custom made for each patient, most last longer than traditional fillings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for an inlay or onlay?
Inlays and onlays are used when a filling or dental crown is not appropriate. When the filling would be too large, but the damage is not enough to warrant a dental crown, an inlay or onlay can be a better option for repairing and protecting damaged teeth.
What should I expect when I get my inlay or onlay restoration?
To create inlays and onlays, an impression must be taken of the tooth that is sent to a dental lab. During your first visit, we will take the tooth impression and possibly fit you for a temporary restoration to wear until your permanent inlay or onlay arrives. Porcelain restorations are available, which can be color-matched to your teeth. Once the restoration arrives from the dental lab, a second visit is required to bond your permanent inlay or onlay in place.
Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?
If you are fitted with a temporary restoration while your inlay or onlay is created, you will need to avoid certain foods that can damage the temporary setting. Our team will give you clear instructions on post-treatment care. Once your permanent inlay or onlay is in place, you will have complete function back and can eat and maintain your oral care as before.
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth that needs restoration, contact us today for a consultation and exam at Paul Jang Dentistry. We can discuss the best options to protect and restore your tooth, including inlay and onlay treatments.