Dental inlays are small, porcelain restorations that are ideal for midsized cavities. They are typically recommended for cavities that require more stability than traditional fillings. They are custom fabricated in an off-site laboratory from impressions that are taken of the tooth.
Onlays are similar to inlays, but cover the tips (or cusps) of the teeth. When the cavity is located on the cusps, onlays are often recommended. Onlays are also suggested for particularly decayed teeth to save them from extraction.
One of the biggest advantages of inlays and onlays is that they are made of porcelain. Porcelain is a biocompatible material that possesses many of the same characteristics as tooth enamel. Porcelain is slightly translucent, reflecting light similar to natural teeth. Porcelain is resistant also resistant to staining. In addition, the porcelain can be color-matched to blend in with the tooth. Porcelain is natural looking, strong, and durable, making it an excellent option for restoring teeth with decay.
The process for receiving inlays or onlays requires two appointments. During the initial appointment, the decayed material is removed from the tooth and then impressions are taken and sent to the lab. A temporary restoration can be placed, depending on the location of your cavity. Once the restoration has been fabricated, we can schedule your follow-up appointment for placement. Before permanently bonding the inlay or onlay in place, we will verify the fit and color to ensure you are left with seamless, natural looking results.
At Holistic Dental Centers, we strive to offer our patients conservative and biocompatible options for their dental needs. Inlays and onlays are a great solution for cavities because they are made from safe materials, do not require any removal of healthy tissue, and leave you with a truly beautiful result. We have years of experience with inlays and onlays, which allows us to ensure the restoration properly fits your tooth.
Caring for your inlay or onlay is the same as caring for all of your teeth. While porcelain is not susceptible to decay, the remaining natural portion of tooth is which is why it’s important to maintain proper oral hygiene. If you are in the Cary area and have a tooth that you think may benefit from an inlay or onlay, call to set up your appointment.