Inlays and Onlays: A Conservative Restoration Choice
Inlays and onlays offer an effective solution for patients who have mild to moderate tooth decay in their back teeth. They are also used to restore cracked teeth if the damage is not extensive enough to require dental crowns. Dr. Robert F. Berger may recommend either an inlay or onlay to help restore the health and aesthetics of your teeth. To learn more about the benefits and whether you are a candidate for inlays and onlays, schedule an appointment today at our Columbia and Elgin, SC-area dental practice.
Understanding Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental laboratory using porcelain, composite resin, or gold. They can be used on back teeth that have mild to moderate tooth decay or a failed filling. They can also address cracked or fractured teeth, if the damage is not so severe that a full crown is necessary. Patients often choose these restorations to replace their metal fillings for cosmetic reasons.
Inlays: Inlays are recommended for patients who have decay or damage only within the cusps (top surfaces) of a tooth. Inlays may also replace fillings that have sustained damage or deterioration due to normal wear and tear.
Onlays: Onlays are recommended for patients who have tooth decay that goes beyond one or more cusps. An onlay may even extend along the side of a tooth.
Are They Right for Me?
If you have a molar with mild to moderate decay, you will likely make a good candidate for an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays are superb alternatives to large dental fillings or full crowns. During your exam and consultation, Dr. Berger will take time to explain his findings and treatment options, so that you can feel informed when making decisions about your dental care. He encourages you to ask questions at this time. After your exam and discussion, Dr. Berger may recommend an inlay or onlay to repair your tooth.