Inlays and onlays are a restorative dentistry procedure used to fix teeth when the amount of tooth missing is too large for a filling and too small for a crown. There are various types of inlay and onlay materials available and each has their own benefits. Although metals like gold are becoming outdated due to advances in tooth-colored restorations they are still a long lasting choice for restorations. Restorations made in the lab are fast becoming the norm in dental offices through the use of the CEREC milling machine which makes strong, tooth-colored restorations in one visit. These restorations are milled in our office and can be comprised of composite or all porcelain material. The decision of what type of inlay or onlay to get can be made with the help of Dr. Ferzli.
Inlays and onlays are a popular recommendation because they offer a conservative approach to tooth preservation. They are used in cases with minimal to moderate tooth decay where a dental crown would be too much of a restorative treatment. Because they preserve so much healthy tooth structure they help to ensure long-term oral health for the teeth that have been restored. In addition, they are easy to clean because they are better at sealing teeth and keeping out cavity-causing bacteria and stains. There are several benefits of inlays and onlays that are often the deciding factor in choosing them over traditional dental fillings:
• They provide a superior fit by preserving a much healthy tooth as possible.
• They are not likely to discolor over-time.
• They preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure and restore decayed or damaged areas.
• They are easier than full coverage restorative alternatives such as dental crowns.
• They are better at sealing teeth to keep out bacteria.
• They are extremely stable for the treatment of decay and can actually strengthen a damaged tooth.
Our most highly recommended inlay and onlay procedures can be attained in just one office visit. This includes the CEREC milled composite and porcelain restorations that also provide the best looking results and boast the newest technology. Dr. Ferzli will discuss with you which options are available to you and that will fit your goals and budget. The preparation of the damaged tooth is the first step in the process. Dr. Ferzli will remove the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth so that he can place the inlay or onlay appropriately. Once the restoration has been checked for a smooth fit and your bite feels natural, he will bond it to your tooth for optimum strength and durability.