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
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, Dr. Benson will take an impression of your tooth to create a model for the permanent restoration and prepare the tooth surface.
Dr. Benson 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.