What Is an Inlay/Onlay and How Can It Help Restore My Teeth?

Restorative Dentistry - What Is An Inlay/Onlay
Restorative Dentistry - What Is An Inlay/Onlay

You may have heard of inlays and onlays and are wondering how they can help repair damaged teeth. At High Street Dentistry, we are committed to using the best and most conservative treatment options to restore your beautiful, healthy smile. The condition of your tooth will determine if inlays or onlays are right for you.

What Are Inlays and Onlays? 

Inlays and onlays, also known as partial cover crowns, are dental restorations that are used to treat and repair large cavities or to hold together and strengthen damaged teeth. They are usually made of porcelain, which can be color and texture matched to your teeth for incredibly natural-looking results. Inlays and onlays and are bonded directly into or onto your teeth, ensuring a perfect fit.

Inlays and onlays are the choice restorations when there is too much damage to a tooth to be treated using a filling, but not enough damage to warrant the use of a dental crown. Inlays, also known as direct fillings, are similar to traditional fillings but are typically used to repair much larger cavities. Onlays, also known as partial crowns, are conservative, preserving more tooth structure than dental crowns. While a crown covers the entire visible surface of a tooth, an onlay partially covers a damaged tooth, along with a cusp or more.

The Advantages of Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are strong and incredibly durable, with the potential of lasting 30 years or more with proper care. When bonded, they preserve and strengthen damaged teeth, preventing the need for complex dental treatments down the road. They work well for patients in need of substantial reconstruction due to conditions such as teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism) or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). 

Caring for Your Restorations

You will need to maintain excellent oral hygiene practices, along with regular dental exams and cleanings to increase the longevity of your restorations. The American Dental Association recommends you visit your dentist every six months for optimal dental health. 

Inlays and Onlays Near Me 

Contact High Street Dentistry in Jefferson City, MO, to learn more about inlays and onlays, and how they can help restore your healthy smile. We are here to answer all your questions and to help you determine the best treatment options for you. Call us today!