Dental Inlays and Onlays
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?
Decayed teeth may require an inlay to restore strength and health to the natural tooth structure.
The decayed portion of the tooth is removed from the sound tooth structure.
An inlay is fabricated to match the look and feel of your natural teeth. This restoration often resembles a puzzle piece.
In most cases the restoration will completely blend into the natural tooth structure.
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.
For more information regarding our dental inlays and onlays, contact Magnolia Dental today!