Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are designed to restore a moderately damaged tooth. They can be used to repair teeth in cases when there is too much damage for a traditional filling, but a full dental crown is not necessary.
Inlays and onlays are a highly effective restoration method. They can be made using composite resin or porcelain materials. When damage to the chewing surface is solely between the points or cusps, an inlay is used. If the restoration needs to be used to treat decay or damage that includes one or more cusps, that is a dental onlay.
This type of restoration is also known as an indirect filling because they are custom-made outside of the mouth. When placing an inlay or onlay, first the tooth will be cleaned, and the damaged portion will be removed. Next, impressions or digital images will be taken of the tooth. This will be used to create your custom restoration which will be placed on your tooth using a dental bonding material.
If you are suffering from a moderately damaged tooth, an inlay or onlay may be the answer. Visiting Wauchula Dental is the first step towards achieving a more pleasing smile. Please call us today at (863) 773-9344 to schedule an appointment.