Inlays and Onlays
In cases that do not require nerve removal, dental medicine offers some good alternatives for permanent tooth repair in the form of Inlays and Onlays.
Since both inlays and onlays are not a direct restoration method, they can be done in multiple stages, much like crowns. At the same time, because inlays and onlays only replace part of your outer tooth, our doctors won’t have to shave down any enamel to make space for a prosthetic.
One of the most important advantages of these procedures is that they have impressively long-lasting effects.
What Is an Inlay?
An inlay is a hard piece of material that goes inside a cavity to protect and reinforce your tooth. Getting an inlay involves cleaning out a cavity and sending the measurements to a laboratory where the inlay gets made. Because an inlay is made in a lab, as opposed to a filling that’s made by a dentist during your visit, it can contain hard materials like silver and porcelain.
What Is an Onlay?
The principle behind onlays is identical to those of inlays, but instead of inserting inside of a cavity like inlays, onlays are placed around or on top of the tooth. This method is used to create a replacement of the part of a tooth that needs to be restored.
This procedure is similar to the crowns but is mostly used for the patients who want to save their organic tooth.
Which One Do You Need?
An inlay fills up a cavity, reinforcing a tooth from the inside and protecting it from further decay. An onlay usually replaces a cusp or multiple cusps, i.e. the biting surface on a molar or pre-molar. Both are superior to crowns in that they don’t require doctors to remove a tooth nerve or shave down any enamel.
Our dentist will be able to tell you if you need an inlay, an onlay, a filling or a crown. To get more information and an instant, free quote, call Acadia Dental at (732) 290-1660. Our staff members will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.