¿What is a dental inlay?
A conservative tooth restoration that requires far less removal of tooth structure than its metal counterpart, an inlay increases tooth strength and provides enduring protection for the tooth.
Made of a strong, natural-looking material, such as porcelain or composite, inlays are used to restore inside the cusps of the tooth.
¿How is an inlay done?
If a cavity is detected in a dental exam, or if you have a failing metal filling, and the decay is inside the cusp of the tooth, an inlay can be used to restore the tooth to health. The inlay becomes part of the tooth, splinting it together and making it stronger.
After we take an impression of the tooth you will be fitted with a temporary inlay in the interim. At your next appointment we will remove the temporary restoration and bond the permanent inlay to the tooth.
There is no space between the inlay and the tooth, ensuring that bacteria can not enter and cause a cavity. The color and shading of the inlay should make the restoration invisible to the naked eye.
¿What is a dental onlay?
A conservative tooth restoration that requires far less tooth removal than a crown. An onlay is a larger restoration, extending over one or more sides of your tooth, that increases tooth strength and provides enduring protection similar to a crown or cap.
Unlike crowns, an onlay can often be used to repair only the damaged portion of the tooth, leaving much more of the original tooth structure intact. Onlays are usually made of a strong, natural-looking material such as porcelain, but gold can also be very desirable for its lustre and durability.
¿How is an onlay done?
If we detect a cavity in a dental exam, or if you have a failing metal filling, and the decay extends beyond the cusp of the tooth, an onlay will be used to restore the tooth to health.
We will first take an impression of the tooth, you will be fitted with a temporary onlay in the interim then after a few days we will remove the temporary restoration and bond the permanent onlay to the tooth.
¿Am I a candidate?
If you have a cavity that extends beyond or over the cusp of your tooth, or if you have a failing metal filling that covers one or more cusp(s) of your tooth, you are a candidate for an onlay.