Wicker Park Dental Studio

Inlays and Onlays

What are Inlays and Onlays?

An inlay or onlay is a restoration that can help to improve the look of your smile. If a tooth breaks or cracks only slightly, there is no reason to further compromise the tooth to fit a full crown. In this case, a smaller inlay or onlay can be placed over top of the tooth. You can think of these restorations as smaller dental crowns, since they are often made with the same materials.

Why would Inlays and Onlays be needed?

The reason you might benefit from an inlay or onlay is because a tooth has cracked or broken across the very top. Inlays are meant to sit inside of the tooth’s cusps and grooves while the onlay sits over the top completely. These restorations not only help when it comes to improving the look of your smile, but they even help with restoring functionality as well. Most of these restorations can last for decades before replacement might be needed.

What Are Inlays And Onlays
Why Would Inlays And Onlays Be Needed

Who is a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

To determine if you are a candidate for inlays and onlays, we will examine your teeth and mouth. If any teeth are slightly damaged or if an older filling needs to be replaced, we may suggest either of these restorations. If you have an older inlay or onlay, we can remove and then replace it entirely to improve the quality of your smile. Once placed, the new restoration can last for decades before replacement is necessary.

What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?

The procedure begins by preparing the tooth to receive the new restoration. We smooth the damaged area and take impressions of the area. These impressions are used to make the actual inlay or onlay. You will then come in for a second appointment so that we can place the restoration. We file and adjust the way that the restoration fits and you’ll be ready to leave the office showing off your new smile. The inlay or onlay can be brushed normally and it’s important to be careful when flossing around the tooth.

If you would like to learn more about how inlays and onlays work, call our office today so that