Dental inlays and onlays offer attractive alternatives to fillings and crowns for patients who suffer from certain kinds of structural damage to one or more of their teeth. Inlays and onlays are fabricated from the same dental material, and the main difference between them is how and where they’re placed. If you suffer from cracked or chipped teeth, please contact The Dentists today at 402.445.4647 to learn more about our Omaha cosmetic dentists and to schedule a consultation to discuss dental inlays and onlays.
Inlays and onlays are both dental restoration methods in which porcelain or a composite resin is molded to achieve a certain function. If the material fills a cavity (like a filling), then it is an inlay. If, however, the material is shaped to cover a tooth (like a crown), then it is an onlay. Both treatments are fabricated according to custom measurements of your mouth, so the fit and feel are natural and unintrusive.
In general, only two office visits are necessary to create and place inlays or onlays. In your first visit, one of our Omaha cosmetic dentists creates detailed impressions of your teeth and then sends those impressions to a lab for fabrication. Once the inlays or onlays are ready, the dentist bonds them to your teeth during a second visit. The procedure usually requires only brief use of a mild local anesthetic to ensure patient comfort during the final placement of the inlay or onlay.
A major advantage of inlays and onlays is that your cosmetic dentist can preserve more of your natural tooth. Unlike some other treatment methods, an inlay or onlay can replace a single cusp of the crown, leaving the remaining healthy portion of the tooth intact. This is an especially attractive benefit for patients whose roots and overall oral health are strong but who have lost a portion of a tooth to some kind of mechanical trauma.
Patients who suffer from mild to moderate tooth decay may, however, not be good candidates for inlay/onlay treatment, as severer cases of tooth decay are likely to require a more substantial restoration option like dental implants. Because an implant replaces the entire tooth, including the root itself, it can address certain structural issues that inlays and onlays are unable to repair.
Our Omaha patients who suffer from tooth decay are discovering that inlays and onlays offer attractive alternatives to traditional fillings and crowns. If decay has caused your teeth to lose some of their natural structural integrity, dental inlays or onlays may be the right solution for you. Please contact The Dentists today at 402.445.4647 to arrange your inlay/onlay consultation with our Omaha cosmetic dentists.