Inlays & Onlays Owings Mills, MD

Dental Inlay & Onlays An Overview

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. General dentist Dr. Suman Chibb 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.

Dental inlays and onlays in Owings Mills MD

Dental Inlay & Onlays What to Expect

If advanced tooth decay is detected during a dental health exam, Dr. Chibb 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 Dr. Chibb to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible, supporting a more stable bite long term.

Dr. Chibb begins 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.