It is incredibly important to make sure that you take good care of your teeth and gums so that you can enjoy good food and maintain overall health. When the surfaces of your teeth become damaged due to breakages, decay, fractures or damaged fillings, an inlay-onlay procedure is often recommended. This process is often a good option because it generally requires fewer teeth to be removed, unlike other repair work.

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What Are Dental Inlays and Onlays?

A dental inlay and a dental onlay are similar procedures with the end goal of restoring the functionality of a tooth. A dental inlay is a solid substance – such as metal, porcelain or a composite resin – used to fill a cavity in a tooth.

A dental onlay is essentially the same as an inlay, but it replaces a tooth cusp, or the top of the tooth. A dental onlay can often be referenced as a partial crown depending on the extensiveness of the repair.

Direct and Indirect Restoration Processes

The product used for dental inlay-onlay procedures are custom made out of composite materials that are very gentle to the tooth that it is placed on. It can be prone to wear and tear and discoloration, as are normal teeth. There is also gold products and tooth-colored porcelain which is a very natural looking option. When permanently adhered to the tooth, it will last a very long time.

Direct and indirect restorations can be done for a patient. Direct restorations are done in a dental office by the staff there, while indirect restorations are done at a lab off site.

Indirect onlays are done by having an impression made of the cleaned, affected tooth. That impression is sent to a lab and the product is made within a few weeks. Usually, a temporary filling is used to get you to that next appointment. The direct onlay option works the same way, but it is created in the dental office.


Repair damaged teeth with an dental inlay/onlay, come visit us today!

A proper evaluation of a damaged tooth should be performed by Dental Brothers prior to deciding what the best repair option is for your mouth as well as your budget. Our experienced and friendly staff is here to help give you a long lasting, joyful smile. Please schedule an appointment today.

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