Versatile enough to serve as both a cosmetic and restorative solution, inlays and onlays offer a fantastic alternative to fillings. They are capable of healing a broken tooth and can even support the loss of an entire tooth. They can also be used in the areas between your teeth to repair decay, while simultaneously correcting discoloration.
Made of porcelain, these dental restorations are tooth-colored and therefore look completely natural. Another positive attribute is its strength and durability. Inlays and onlays can last for many years.
So, what is the difference between an inlay and onlay?
Inlays are affixed to the inside of your tooth, while onlays cover the top of your teeth. Inlays cover more surface area than a simple filling; they focus on the entire area of your teeth where you bite down.
To begin the procedure for an inlay or onlay, Dr. Murchie will numb the tooth to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the treatment. Then, Dr. Murchie will thoroughly clean the tooth by removing all the decay. A digital scan will then be taken and sent to a dental laboratory in order to create an exact match for your tooth, providing a secure and permanent fit.
Your second appointment is dedicated to affixing the inlay or onlay to your tooth, with Dr. Murchie makes any necessary modifications and corrections.
Inlays and onlays are a fantastic filling option and have changed many of our patients’ health for the better. Even your daily hygiene habits stay the same, with only routine maintenance required.
To see how inlays and onlays might help you, give us a call, and we’ll schedule a consultation!