Inlays and onlays are both tooth-colored restorations. They are created in a dental lab based on an impression or mold of your teeth. These restorations are customized to match your smile and can improve both the health and attractiveness of your smile.
When are Inlays and Onlays Recommended?
Inlays and onlays are recommended when a cavity or tooth damage is too extensive to be treated with a filling but not extensive enough to require a crown. Inlays are extended versions of fillings. They are custom-fabricated according to the contour of the cavity. Onlays resemble crowns, as they restore the biting surface of your teeth - both functionally and aesthetically. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay, but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
How are Inlays and Onlays Performed?
Inlays and onlays are custom-created in a dental laboratory and then bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. Initially, the dentist will use a digital scanning device to get a digital impression of your teeth and create a 3D model. It will then be used as a reference for fabricating the restorations.
The impressions will be shared with a dental laboratory, where the inlays and onlays will be fabricated in a few days. Once done, we will schedule the follow-up consultation and check the fitting and contour of the restoration. We will also check the similarity in color and overall appearance of the restoration with your natural teeth. Once confirmed, we will bond it permanently in place using dental adhesives and conduct a bite test.
What are the advantages of Inlays and Onlays?
- Inlays restore the strength and contour of the teeth when used to treat a large cavity.
- Onlays are simpler alternatives to dental crowns as they cover the upper half of a damaged or severely worn-out tooth.
- Their color, contour, size, and overall aesthetics can be customized as required to match the natural teeth.
- They are quite long-lasting, provided they are cared for well.
- Since they are made from dental-grade ceramic, they are resistant to staining.
At Biltmore Commons Dental Care, we strive to provide each of our patients with a positive and relaxing experience. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact dentist Phoenix, AZ at (602) 249-2227 or visit us at 1277 E Missouri Ave Ste 217 Phoenix, AZ 85014.