Inlays and onlays are an effective treatment option for advanced tooth decay. They are used in situations where a dental crown is too much, but a dental filling is not enough. Inlays and onlays are made from high-quality dental resin.
They can be a long-term solution for preserving the integrity of your tooth and preventing future tooth decay. Our team of dentists always aims to offer the most conservative treatment options possible. We aim to restore your oral health and preserve the natural function and health of your teeth.
Tooth decay is a common dental health concern. When left untreated, decay can damage the integrity of your teeth and may result in the need for a tooth extraction. Routine dental checkups can allow for early detection and effective treatment. Inlays and onlays are more conservative than dental crowns but more secure than a traditional dental filling.
Inlay Vs. Onlay
Inlays and onlays both address tooth decay. They are used in different ways to treat decay affecting varying regions of the tooth.
- Inlay- Inlays are designed to cover large areas of decay or damage on the surface of a tooth. The inlay material is color-matched to your tooth for a seamless result. An inlay fits securely to seal shut the decayed region of your tooth, and help support the tooth structure.
- Onlay- An onlay is like a partial crown. The onlay is designed to fit snugly in the cusp of a tooth to treat decay in the valleys of the tooth. Onlays are commonly used to treat decay in the molars that can be difficult to treat with a traditional dental filling.
If advanced tooth decay is detected during a dental health exam, your dentist will present all possible treatment options to the patient so that they are able to make an informed decision about restoring their oral health. In some cases, an inlay or onlay can allow the dentist to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible, supporting a more stable bite long term.
Your doctor will begin by taking dental impressions of the affected tooth. The impression is used to create an inlay or onlay that will fit securely on the tooth. The material is color-matched to the patient’s smile for a seamless result.
Once the restoration is fabricated the patients will have the inlay or onlay permanently bonded to the tooth. A well-fit inlay or onlay will be practically invisible to other people. You will be able to enjoy a normal diet without restriction. Schedule an appointment online today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get an inlay or onlay instead of a filling?
Yes. It is possible to get an inlay or onlay instead of a dental filling. Although this is only recommended if the filling will not suffice. Inlays and onlays are used for larger cavities that fillings can’t cover. A dental crown can be used as well.
How long do I have to wait to eat after a filling?
We usually recommend waiting to eat until about two hours after the tooth filling procedure. Tooth fillings are cured almost instantly, but you need to wait until your mouth is not numb anymore before you use it. This recommendation keeps you from accidentally biting your tongue, or cheek while you eat.
How long do tooth fillings last?
A dental filling can last anywhere from 7-20 years. The range is wide because it can depend on a variety of factors, including: the location of the filling, the size, the type of filling, and the way you take care of your teeth. Fillings are a great line of defense from cavities, but they aren’t the final solution. You can expect a metal filling to last for about 15 years before it needs to be replaced, while composite resin fillings last for about 7-10 years.