Dental Restorations for Damaged Teeth | Magnolia Dental


Dental inlays and onlays are some of the strongest and most lifelike dental restorations available. After your mouth has been anesthetized, we prepare the tooth in much the same way we would for a standard filling. When the tooth has been prepared to our satisfaction, an impression is made and sent to a dental lab. You will usually be required to wear a temporary filling until the restoration is fabricated. With proper care, your inlay or onlay will increase your overall health and instill confidence for years to come.

What Do Dental Inlays Do?

As a lifelike restoration option for damaged teeth, dental inlays work by filling the fissures and pits of the tooth. Inlays are typically reserved for larger cavities.

Inlays/Onlays vs. Fillings

At Magnolia Dental, we have received this question often: What is the difference between dental inlays and fillings? Dental inlays and onlays are actually the same restorative procedure, but they cover different parts of the tooth. The inlay covers the rounded edges at the center of the tooth’s surface. The onlay covers the entire biting surface of a tooth. Fillings are a restorative option for a tooth that is too damaged to support itself, but not damaged enough to warrant a dental crown. Onlays are often more durable than fillings, but are not always the preferred option.

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