Inlays and onlays are dental restorations made from porcelain or composite materials. Also known as indirect fillings, they are a well-fitting, stronger, longer lasting solution to treat tooth decay or similar structural damage. When a tooth has damage that is too extensive to be treated with a filling, but not extensive enough to need a crown, the best option for restoration may be an inlay or onlay. The primary difference between an onlay and an inlay is that an onlay will cover a cusp of the tooth, whereas an inlay fills the area between the cusps.
Inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to your damaged tooth by your dentist. For help finding a local dental professional, search for a dentist near you.
How Do I Know If I Need An Inlay or Onlay?
Only your dentist can determine if you need any type of dental restoration, including an inlay or onlay. If you think you might have a cavity or other dental issue, make an appointment with your dentist. The type of treatment your dentist chooses will depend on the extent of damage.
How Should I Care For My Inlay or Onlay?
Inlays and onlays are strong, long-lasting, and require no greater level of oral care than any other tooth. To maintain your inlay or onlay, you should practice good oral hygiene. Remember to brush twice a day to remove any stains from food and to remove plaque. Floss once a day to remove any buildup between your teeth. Having a professional cleaning by your dentist every 3-6 months will also greatly contribute to a healthy smile.
How Do I Get An Inlay or Onlay?
If you think you might need any type of dental restoration, you should make an appointment with your dentist. Inlays and onlays are commonly performed procedures that can help prevent more serious problems. To find a dental office near you, visit our locations page.