An inlay or onlay is a custom tooth-colored restoration which is permanently bonded to a tooth and is used for the conservative repair of teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay. Inlays and onlays are a great alternative to crowns when a traditional filling isn’t enough. They are highly durable and can give you a beautiful, healthy smile for years to come.
Inlays and onlays and inlays can be used for the restoration of decayed teeth, teeth with very large or fractured fillings, fractured or broken teeth, or for cosmetic enhancement. Inlays and onlays provide a conservative way of restoring the teeth that allows us to preserve more of the healthy tooth structure than a crown. They are the perfect option for people who have mild to moderate decay, and they offer a long-lasting way to repair the teeth. Unlike fillings, inlays and onlays do not discolor over time, promising long-term aesthetics and functional longevity for your teeth. They protect the weak areas of the tooth, adding to its strength and also sealing the tooth surface, thereby preventing the future attack of decay-causing bacteria.
You will usually need two visits to our dental office to get an onlay or inlay. The first appointment involves an assessment of your teeth to determine if inlays and onlays may be the ideal choice for restoring your teeth. Once that has been decided, we apply local anesthesia to the tooth to be treated, and then remove any existing decay. The tooth is then cleaned and prepared, and an impression is taken to prepare your restoration. We will give you a temporary filling until then. At your next visit, we will bond your new onlay or inlay in place using dental cement.
You can maintain the health of your restorations by maintaining proper oral hygiene, including regular professional dental care in your regime, and eating a healthy, balanced diet.
For more information about inlays and onlays, please contact our office at (636) 206-4656. We are located at 130 Hilltown Village Center,, Chesterfield, MO 63017.