Tooth Restorations with Inlays and Onlays
Sometimes damaged teeth can be restored with inlays and onlays instead of dental crowns. Dr. Matthew Boscia offers both as a more conservative option for patients that only need small areas of their teeth restored. We want to do everything possible to help you maintain your natural teeth and sometimes restoring your teeth to a natural state is possible with a simple restoration procedure.
How Inlays and Onlays Work
Inlays are applied only to the tooth cusp or tips of the tooth to restore areas that may have cracked or chipped. Onlays cover more of the chewing surface and are placed over the top of the teeth to protect the tooth structure and strengthen the teeth. Inlays and onlays can strengthen a tooth when the tooth has become damaged because of decay, gum disease, or some type of trauma. They’re designed to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays cover only a small portion of the tooth so there is less material and work involved compared to crowns or fillings. This means that more of the natural tooth structure is preserved in the process so the tooth stays strong.
Other benefits of inlays and onlays include:
- Resistant to damage and infection
- Easy installation
- Sculpted and molded to look like your natural teeth
- Little recovery time
- Designed to last for years