Inlays and Onlays

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Onlays are restorations that sit over the very top of your tooth. Inlays sit inside of the cusps. Both restorations are incredibly durable, and are made to fit your teeth perfectly. They are an ideal medium between needing a filling and a full crown. They are smaller in size than a dental crown, but they are sturdier and more suitable for teeth that need more than just a filling.

Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?

You may need an inlay or onlay if you have a cavity that needs replacement. It’s not uncommon for patients to want older amalgam (metal) fillings replaced with either of these restorations. Likewise, the restoration may be needed if you have deep decay, or if you’ve chipped, cracked, or broken your teeth just on the very top of their surface. Inlays and onlays can last for many years without needing any type of replacement or repair.

“My hygienist was lovely as usual! I’ve been going to her since I was a kid and she is always so gentle and kind. First time meeting Dr. Ghosh and she was lovely too. She is even going to recommend dentists where I live since I can’t come back for a filling. Will definitely come back whenever I visit my family!”

Erin T.

Who is a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

The procedure itself is quick and easy, and provides you with a restoration that lasts for a long period of time. Dr. Ghosh will perform an examination to determine if either of these restorations is needed. The majority of our patients who require either an onlay or inlay can safely have the procedure performed in our practice. The restoration is made just for you, so it fits and feels completely comfortable.

What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?

Dr. Ghosh may administer a local anesthetic so that we can work on the tooth in need of the inlay or onlay. We will remove the filling or decay from the tooth, or we may need to file down the sharp and jagged edges if the tooth’s broken. Next, we’ll take impressions of the area that will be used to create a brand new restoration for you. Your next appointment will involve placing the inlay or onlay, and smoothing it to a comfortable finish.

If you feel you would benefit from inlays or onlays, call our office today, and we can help to schedule a consultation appointment for you.