What’s The Difference Between an Inlay and an Onlay?

The difference between an inlay and an onlay

If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surfaces may be damaged. One option for restoration is the use of an inlay or onlay made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain. Salt Lake Dental Care is ready to help you with this issue.

Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has taken place.

An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its original dimension.

The procedure begins with a thorough evaluation, an oral x-ray, and an impression. The damaged area will be removed and then the inlay or onlay will be formed to exactly fit your tooth and bite. While it is being made, your tooth will have a temporary restoration piece to cover and safeguard the vulnerable area.

Finally, the inlay or onlay will be placed and permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires the removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments to carry out the process.

Inlays and onlays protect the tooth from further weakening, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.

Dr. Clint Blackwood has been restoring teeth since 2005 for patients of all ages. Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS is located in Murray though we treat patients from the surrounding communities of Sandy, Taylorsville, and Draper. Our dental services include general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Make your appointment today!


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