If you have damage in more than 50% of your tooth’s chewing surface, a regular filling might not work. But, you might not need an entire crown either. In these situations, inlays and onlays can be the ideal solution. At Dlight Dental, with locations in Washington, DC, and Rockville, Maryland, the skilled dental professionals can use dental inlays or onlays to restore your tooth in just two visits. Call the office nearest you or request an appointment online.
Inlays and onlays are small pieces of porcelain, gold, or composite resin that the Dlight Dental team places within a damaged part of your tooth. Tooth damage usually happens because of decay.
Inlays are like larger dental fillings. They go in between tooth cusps, perfectly filling in the damaged area to restore your tooth to its normal dimensions.
Onlays are larger than inlays, but they work in much the same way. They usually cover the between-cusp area along with at least one tooth cusps.
The Dlight Dental team can explain which option would restore your tooth.
Inlays and onlays offer a tooth restoration option that's in-between fillings and crowns. You might need an inlay or onlay if you have significant damage to more than half of your tooth's chewing surface.
If you have significant tooth damage but it's not quite enough to warrant a whole-tooth crown, inlays and onlays could be a good compromise.
Another reason you might want to consider inlays and onlays is tooth reinforcement. A traditional (silver mercury) filing can weaken your tooth by as much as 50%. But, inlays and onlays can make your tooth as much as 75% stronger.
Usually, you'll have two appointments at Dlight Dental to get your inlays or onlays. During the initial visit, the team removes tooth decay or old fillings. They then prepare the tooth to hold an inlay or onlay.
The team performs an intraoral scan to create a 3-D impression of the treatment area. Finally, they apply a temporary sealant to protect your tooth until the next appointment.
During your next visit, the team removes the temporary sealant and applies your new inlay or onlay. They fit the piece directly into the damaged area, check it for perfect fit, and then bond it to your tooth with dental bonding material. To finish, the team polishes your tooth to perfection.
Inlays and onlays have excellent longevity. They typically last around 10-30 years, as long as you have regular dental care and take care of your teeth.
If you’re interested in inlays and onlays, call Dlight Dental or click the online scheduling tool to request your appointment.