Inlays and Onlays

dental inlays and onlays

What is a dental inlay?

A tooth inlay may be used instead of a filling to replace a small amount of tooth loss due to decay in the center of a tooth. In contrast with a filling, which is molded in the dentist’s office, a dental inlay is fabricated in a laboratory. Your dentist then fits it for the damaged tooth and bonds it into place. A tooth inlay is an extremely stable and long lasting restoration. Inlays and onlays can actually increase the strength of a tooth.

Inlays fit inside the tooth like a filling. In the past, inlays were often made of gold, but today, tooth inlays are generally made of either ceramic or a special dental composite. A porcelain inlay is an example of a ceramic inlay.

Dr. Michael Adams and Dr. Pamela Adams can make sure these materials are well matched to tooth color for a better appearance. You can often replace defective or unsightly fillings with tooth-colored inlays that bond to the tooth, sometimes improving the strength of the tooth and helping to seal the inlay to the tooth.

What is a dental onlay?

A tooth onlay fits inside the tooth like an inlay, but it also becomes part of the chewing surface of a back tooth to replace one or more cusps. Like an inlay, an onlay is fabricated outside the dentist’s office in a lab.

Most patients request tooth-colored onlays for a natural look. Use of a ceramic onlay, specifically a porcelain onlay, can strengthen the tooth and seal the onlay to the tooth.

Like an inlay, an onlay is a stable and lasting restoration.

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What does a dental inlay or dental onlay cost?

The costs of inlays and onlays varies depending on many variables, including:

  • Training and experience of the dentist
  • Market prices for materials and lab work
  • Which tooth is being restored and the difficulty involved
  • The size of the inlay or onlay

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Dental inlays, dental onlays—or Crowns?

You may wonder when an inlay or onlay is used rather than a crown or cap. When the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to justify a crown, an inlay or onlay can be an excellent alternative. This determination should be made by a dental expert. Ask Adams Dental if you are a candidate for a tooth-colored inlay or onlay during your next appointment.

Looking for the best dentists in Clearwater and Belleair areas? Call our office for an appointment at (727) 461-4832.

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