What Are Dental Inlays and Onlays?

What Are Dental Inlays and Onlays?

You’ve probably had a tooth or two repaired using a dental filling or a crown. But did you know that inlays and onlays are also used to restore the health and function of damaged teeth? At Kraklow Quality Dentistry, we are committed to using the best and most conservative treatment options to restore your beautiful, healthy smile. Talk to one of our team members to determine if an inlay or onlay is right for you.

Why Would You Require an Inlay or Onlay?

A dental filling is usually the choice restoration to fill in a small cavity. Crowns, on the other hand, repair teeth with extensive decay or fractures, restoring their strength and function. However, there are situations when the damage is too extensive to be successfully repaired using a filling but not extensive enough to require a dental crown. If that is the case, your trusted team at Kraklow Quality Dentistry may recommend a custom inlay or onlay.

What Are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are considered indirect fillings because they are made in a dental laboratory and require two visits for placement. Inlays are bonded to the chewing surfaces of teeth damaged by decay or injury, similar to dental fillings. Onlays or partial crowns are more extensive than inlays. They cover the chewing surfaces of damaged teeth as well as one or more cusps (bumps).

Porcelain is the choice material for inlays and onlays because the material mimics the light reflecting properties of tooth enamel and can be closely color and texture-matched to your natural teeth, leaving you with dramatic results. Inlays and onlays are extremely strong and durable, with the potential of lasting 30 years or more with proper care.

What Is the Inlay or Onlay Procedure?

After numbing the area, we will remove any decayed or damaged portions of the tooth then clean and shape the space. Next, we will make an impression of the affected tooth to send to our dental laboratory that will fabricate your custom restoration. We will place a temporary dental filling to seal and protect your tooth.

During an upcoming placement appointment, we will remove the temporary filling material and check your new inlay or onlay for a perfect fit. The last step is cementing your indirect restoration in place and using a curing light to harden the bond. Your treated tooth will look and function just like a natural tooth!

Quality Restorative Dentistry Services Near Me

Contact Kraklow Quality Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, to learn more about inlays and onlays and how they can restore your healthy, functional smile. We look forward to working with you to determine the treatment options that work best for you. Call us and schedule your appointment today!