Dental inlays and onlays: Strengthen your surface.

When the biting surface of a tooth is damaged, tooth-colored fillings and crowns are strong options. Dr. Kingston may also recommend dental inlays or onlays – especially when the back of the mouth is involved and pressure is strong. Both dental inlays and onlays can be made from porcelain, gold, composite or ceramic. The difference between the two is mostly a matter of the size of the surface involved:

A dental inlay:
• Covers the biting surface within the cusps of the tooth
• Works similarly to a filling
• Is custom-made then cemented into place

A dental onlay:
• Is used when more substantial reconstruction is required including the cusps of the tooth
• Often can preserve more of the original tooth than a crown

Dental inlays and onlays require just two dental visits. At the first, the troubled area of the tooth is prepared and a temporary sealant is placed. At this visit an impression is also made of the teeth and sent to the lab where a custom dental inlay or onlay is created. At the second appointment, the sealant is removed and the dental inlay/onlay is placed. Contact us any time to discuss dental inlays/onlays.