Sometimes, a tooth may be damaged in such a way that a simple tooth filling doesn’t suffice but at the same time, a dental crown isn’t necessary. When this happens, the best type of dental restoration is an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that fix moderate tooth damage. Inlays fit within the cusps of the teeth while onlays extend over the cusps.
Inlays and onlays are known as indirect restorations since they’re fabricated outside of the mouth and then bonded to the tooth. Direct restorations or fillings are applied directly to a tooth cavity.
Inlays & onlays in Portland are available at Serene Dentistry. Call us today if you’d like to discuss your options with our dentist.
The process of getting inlays and onlays is similar to that of getting dental crowns. There’s one distinct difference, however, and that is that there’s less structural damage when you get inlays or onlays. With dental crowns, there’s usually significant removal of tooth enamel to make room for your new crowns. In the case of inlays and onlays, our dentist will only remove the damaged or diseased part of your tooth.
After removal of the infected parts of your tooth, our dentist in Portland makes impressions of your teeth and sends these to the dental lab. Here at the lab, the technician will create your inlays or onlays out of gold, ceramic, or resin. You may receive a temporary filling to protect your tooth in the interim period as you await your permanent restoration.
During your second and final appointment, our dentist bonds the inlay or onlay to your teeth using dental cement or a resin that solidifies when exposed to a special light.
Since they involve less enamel removal in comparison to dental crowns, inlays and onlays are a friendlier and conservative approach to dental restoration.
Unlike traditional metal fillings, which tend to weaken teeth, inlays and onlays strengthen teeth by up to 70 percent.
Inlays and onlays are lasting and can serve you many years if you practice proper dental hygiene.
Are you interested in inlays & onlays near you? Contact Serene Dentistry today to book a consultation with our dentist.