Inlays and onlays are lab-made restorations that are placed on teeth when dental fillings are not enough to restore a cavity or restore tooth structure. The process of making an inlay is very similar to a crown. After the tooth is prepared, it is cemented or bonded to the tooth. Inlays and onlays can be made of gold, porcelain, and composite resin. Porcelain and composite inlays and onlays provide a natural look. Gold inlays and onlays are best used for teeth in the back of the mouth for their durability. Inlays and onlays are sometimes cosmetically preferred over conventional fillings and are a more conservative than crowns.
Inlays and Onlays FAQs
Want to know more? Learn about restorative treatment with inlays and onlays below:
What is the difference between inlays and onlays?
After tooth decay is removed and a tooth is cleaned, an inlay or onlay can be used to help restore tooth structure. Inlays and onlays are bonded to a tooth to protect and seal it after the procedure. Inlays fill the areas between the cusps of a tooth. Onlays address damage that cover a large surface area and can cover one or more cusps of the tooth.
How long do inlays and onlays last?
With the right dental care, inlays and onlays can last patients 20 to 30 years. Patients should avoid sticky or hard foods to ensure that their restoration is not damaged.
How do onlays compare to dental crowns?
Onlays require removal of a smaller amount of tooth structure and are more cost-effective than dental crowns. Dr. Naguib offers both onlays and dental crowns and can help you determine which option works with your budget, oral health, and goals.
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Do you need help restoring a tooth after damage or decay? Receive an inlay or onlay. Call our Lancaster office at (661) 948-6700 or schedule an appointment online here. You can call our Palmdale office at (661) 273-6565 and schedule an appointment online here. Our professional staff will help you through every step of the treatment process. We aim to provide high-quality and comfortable care to patients of all ages.