Inlays/Onlays in Point Pleasant

For patients who experience mild to moderate tooth decay or a minor cracked tooth, your dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays restore teeth that are too decayed for a filling or are not damaged enough to need a full crown. These options allow the dentist to preserve your natural tooth while repairing the damage.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Inlay and onlay treatment typically requires two dental visits. During the first visit, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the damaged area and remove any decay or broken pieces of the tooth. An impression is made of the damaged tooth and sent to a laboratory to create the inlay/onlay to repair your tooth. Generally, inlays and onlays are made out of porcelain to best match your natural tooth color and feel. Your dentist will provide a temporary cover for your tooth to protect until the inlay/onlay is complete.

During your second visit, your dentist will remove the interim tooth cover and ensure that the inlay/onlay fits appropriately. After the fitting, the dentist bonds the inlay or onlay to your tooth using a durable resin adhesive. Once the bonding is complete, the inlay/onlay is polished to create a natural-looking finish.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are an excellent choice to repair your damaged tooth for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Durability - they’re made from sturdy materials that last up to 30 years.
  • Restoration - they assist in strengthening teeth up to 75 percent.
  • Prevention - they increase tooth life and prevent the need for additional dental procedures in the future.

Inlays and onlays can help revive your smile for lasting oral health with proper care and routine dental visits. To get started, contact our dental office to schedule a consultation.