Dental inlays and onlays are an excellent option for restoring dental damage that is too serious to be treated with a traditional filling but does not require a full dental crown. Inlays and onlays use customized designs so that they provide the best possible performance and help restored teeth appear as natural as possible. They also add to the overall durability of teeth and help leave them stronger than before.
People receive dental inlays and onlays for many reasons. Typically, the purpose is to restore some type of damage to the chewing surface. This damage can be the result of a very deep cavity or some other type of oral injury. Some of the primary benefits of inlays and onlays include:
- Maintaining the structure and integrity of damaged teeth
- Adding to a tooth’s overall strength and durability
- Restoring the function and appearance of teeth
Inlays and onlays are very similar, but there is one key distinction. An inlay will not cover any of the cusps or points of the tooth, only the middle portion of a tooth’s chewing surface. To be considered an onlay, the restoration will cover at least one of these points. In some cases, an onlay will cover the entire chewing surface of the tooth. Whether an inlay or an onlay is used will generally depend upon the extent of the damage that the tooth has sustained. Our inlays and onlays are custom-made in our own in-house dental lab.
Teeth that have been restored with inlays and onlays can be cared for in the same manner as untreated teeth. This includes brushing twice per day, flossing once per day and receiving regularly scheduled dental checkups twice per year. Best of all, the treated tooth should appear and function just like any other tooth.
If you are suffering from a moderately to severely damaged tooth, an inlay or an onlay may be the perfect solution for you. Please call us at (214) 960-2291 to schedule an appointment.