Inlays and Onlays - Fayetteville
Inlays and onlays are both restorations that are used to repair a damaged tooth (usually a back tooth / molar) and are used as durable and attractive alternatives to standard fillings and crowns. Inlays and onlays are similar restorations but cover different sections of a tooth. They are one-piece, custom-fitted dental restorations that are fabricated from high-strength material to be able to withstand everyday use such as biting and chewing. When properly cared for, these dental restorations can last for decades.
If you are currently experiencing failing restorations, an inlay or onlay may be a better alternative. We would love for you to call our office at 910-484-1555 or request an appointment through our website to come in and have us take a look at your current situation.
Inlays are used when restoring a tooth's center outside and/or surface of a tooth.
Usually a standard filling is enough to fill small areas of a tooth that has been removed due to a dental issue such as a cavity but fillings that need to span larger areas of a tooth are prone to chip or actually completely fall out under the normal biting stresses put on your teeth. Inlays can fill these larger areas and because they are made as a one-piece restoration from high-strength materials, they will outlast a standard filling and will hold up for a very long time.
Onlays are used when restoring a tooth's cusp or the pointy parts of a tooth.
Crowns are used when it becomes necessary to replace the entire tooth's crown because of severe decay, cracks, etc. Sometimes is it not entirely necessary to replace the entire crown and an onlay will be placed instead. Unlike an inlay, an onlay is used to restore the cusp (point) on the biting surface of a tooth. Onlays are a one-piece restoration that is fabricated outside of the mouth and is made from high-strength materials that will last a very long time and stand up to normal biting forces.