Inlays and Onlays
Get a durable and cosmetically pleasing alternative for teeth with large fillings with inlays and onlays from the office of Joseph F. DeSantis and Associates LLC.
Sometimes, a tooth’s damage is too intense to be repaired with a filling, but it isn’t as damaged to need the protection of a crown. In such cases, inlays and onlays are used to restore the lost tooth structure. Inlays and onlays are also known as “indirect fillings” since they are fabricated outside the mouth in a dental laboratory and are then bonded onto the tooth. Inlays and onlays can be used to restore:
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Large fillings
- Fractured fillings
- Teeth that need cosmetic enhancements
The restoration is called an inlay if it fits between the rounded edges of the tooth i.e. the cusps and is an onlay if it covers one or more of the biting surfaces of the tooth. Onlays are also known as partial crowns. They can be made using porcelain or composite, and can be made to match the natural color of your teeth. Regardless of the material they are composed of, inlay and onlay restorations can last for up to 30 years if they are properly cared for.
The installation of an inlay or onlay generally requires two visits to our office. In the first visit, we take impressions of your teeth that are used to create your custom restoration. Then, the tooth is numbed to remove old fillings and decay. The space is cleaned and flushed, and a temporary filling is applied to it. In your next visit, the temporary filling is removed and the permanent restoration is bonded to the tooth.
Our practice gives you high quality restorations that restore the natural appearance and function of your teeth and last really long. We perform a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health before recommending the correct restorations for you. If you have a tooth affected by damage or decay, please contact our experts for a consultation. Call us at 610-601-5547.