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. If the decay is too large for a filling, then we will suggest using a dental inlay.
- An onlay, also called a partial crown, covers more of the biting surface. If the amount of decay present does not justify a full dental crown, then we will use an onlay.
About the Procedure
In our Greeley, CO dental office, dental inlays and onlays typically require two visits. This type of dental restoration is custom made to fit perfectly on the tooth. At the first visit, your dentist will remove any decay and debris. Dental impressions will be taken of your tooth and used to create a model for the permanent restoration. The surface of the tooth will be prepared for treatment. A temporary dental inlay or onlay may be placed to protect the tooth until your next appointment.
It typically takes about two to three weeks for the inlay or onlay to be fabricated. When it is ready, you will return for a second appointment where it will placed. We will bond the inlay or onlay to your tooth for a permanent restoration.
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.
A dental inlay or onlay will help preserve the tooth and protect it from further damage. It will help restore strength to the tooth and improve the appearance of your tooth. If you are suffering from tooth decay, call Integrated Dental Arts in Greeley, CO and schedule an appointment. We will perform a full mouth examination to determine if you need a dental inlay or onlay.