Dental Inlay and Onlay are dental restorations that are made to rear teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of decay to conserve much of the natural tooth structure.
A dental inlay or onlay is bigger than a filling and smaller than a crown. Not only applicable for moderate level of decay, but inlays and onlays can also be placed on teeth that have undergone some fracturing; more serious damage will probably be resolved with a .
An inlay is similar to a filling, but it lies within the cusps (bumps) on the chewing surface of your tooth.
An onlay is larger than an inlay, it is essentials an inlay that covers one or more decayed cusp and adjoining occlusal surface of the tooth.
Both Inlay or onlay can be made of gold, porcelain, resin or other metal which bonded or cemented into the prepared cavity of the tooth. However, the inlays and onlays are often more appealing as porcelain and resin as they can be colored to look natural. This often makes dental inlay and onlay a popular choice for those wishing to replace unattractive fillings that are made from metal.
In general, the process of fixing inlays or onlays onto the teeth requires at least two dental appointments. During your first visit, your dentist must prepare the damaged tooth. A molded impression of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where an inlay or onlay is fabricated. However, at SmileWorks Dental Care, you can have your inlay or onlay right away as we have our in-house dental lab to cater your emergency needs.