Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that offer a middle ground between dental fillings and dental crowns. These restorations are created in the lab according to your tooth’s impression and then fitted and bonded with your damaged tooth.

Inlays are restorations that are bonded to the center of the tooth. Onlays, on the other hand, are restorations that either cover the full biting surface of the tooth or require bonding on two or more points on the tooth.


Advantages of Inlays and Onlays

Also known as indirect dental fillings, dental inlays and onlays improve both your health and the look of your teeth. They provide a solid and long-term solution, especially for decayed teeth that cannot be restored with dental fillings but are not too damaged to be topped off with a crown. The following are other advantages you can enjoy with these restorations.

  • Variety of Options – Like fillings, they can be made of cast gold alloy, composite resin, and porcelain. While the first is the most durable, the other two are also commonly used as they can be made to look more like your natural teeth..
  • Added Comfort – Inlays and onlays are a comfortable, moderate and-long term solutions for teeth that have suffered damage due to accidents or tooth decay. They are also an excellent alternative to crowns and fillings when the circumstances are right.
  • Cost-Effectiveness and Longevity – They do not compromise on the beauty of your teeth and promise to last for years as long as you follow the dentist’s instructions and practice good oral hygiene. They also do not compromise on the strength and safety of your teeth and are easy to clean.

The Procedure for Inlays and Onlays

After determining whether or not you are a good candidate for these restorative procedures, Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox will discuss the types of dental inlays and onlays you may prefer and guide you to select the best for your condition. Once you have made up your mind, your tooth will be cleaned thoroughly to prepare them for the procedure.

An impression of your tooth/teeth will be taken and sent to the laboratory to create the inlay or onlay. Until the laboratory prepares it, a temporary filling or crown will be placed in your mouth.

During your second visit, the temporary filling will be removed and the inlay/onlay will be fitted onto your damaged tooth. The dentist will then check your bite and comfort level with the inlay or onlay on. If it is a smooth fit and there are no occlusion problems, this restoration will be bonded to your teeth, margins will be polished, and you will be good to go.
For more information on dental inlays or onlays or to schedule a consultation, call our conveniently located practice now at 856 467 1100 or visit us at 1507 Kings Highway Route 605, Swedesboro, NJ 08085.