At Integrated Dental Arts, our team is committed to providing you with all of your dental care needs. We try to take a conservative approach to repairing your teeth following dental damage. However, when a dental filling doesn’t do the trick, we may need to take additional restorative dentistry measures. Inlays and onlays are used to restore a damaged or decayed tooth when a traditional dental filling is insufficient. Made from a variety of materials, an inlay or onlay strengthens the tooth and helps to prevent future decay. This type of dental restoration can provide results that are durable, comfortable and will protect the tooth for years to come.
Inlay vs. Onlay: What’s the difference?
The main difference between an inlay and an onlay is the amount of coverage to the tooth.
- A dental inlay is most like a tooth filling, placed within the cusps of the tooth.
- An only, also called a partial crown, covers more of the biting surface.
About the Procedure
In our Greeley, CO dental office, dental inlays and onlays typically require two visits. At the first visit, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth to create a model for the permanent restoration and prepare the tooth surface. They may place a temporary inlay or onlay on your tooth to provide protection in between visits. In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return for the final visit, where the permanent restoration will be bonded to the tooth.
Why should I repair damaged teeth?
When you experience dental damage, it’s important to contact your local Greeley, CO dentist as soon as possible. Dental damage creates new, jagged spaces in your mouth where food residue and bacteria can cling to. This puts you at a higher risk for developing gum disease and tooth decay. Additionally, damaged teeth may interfere with your ability to chew and speak effectively. The thing to know about dental concerns is that they usually will only get worse over time. The sooner you are able to see a dentist, the more likely it is that we will be able to resolve your needs using a conservative approach.