Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used when a cavity is large but the surrounding tooth is healthy. Inlays and onlays are also used to replace unsightly, old fillings with restorations that closely match your natural tooth color. These restorations are similar to crowns and not only serve to improve the tooth’s appearance, but also make the natural tooth structure stronger.
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold or resin. Porcelain inlays mimic the natural color of teeth, making them the most optimal solution for restoring compromised teeth. Gold alloy inlays and onlays can possess greater durability.
How are they applied?
Inlays and onlays require two appointments to complete the procedure. During the first visit, the filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. To ensure proper fit and bite, an impression of the tooth is taken and sent to a lab for fabrication. Dr. Zatopek or Dr. Priour will then apply a temporary filling on the tooth and schedule the next appointment.
At the second appointment, the temporary filling is removed. Dr. Zatopek or Dr. Priour will then make sure that the inlay or onlay fits correctly. Once the patient is completely satisfied with the esthetics of the restoration and the fit has been confirmed, the inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished to a smooth finish.