Our dentist may recommend onlays or inlays to restore your teeth. Dental inlays and onlays are a good compromise for cavities that are too big for fillings, yet too small for crowns.
The main difference between onlays, inlays, and fillings is that the first two restorations are made in a lab instead of being molded directly onto your teeth. For this reason, onlays and inlays are often called .
Advantages of Inlays and Onlays
- Less likely to discolor over time
- Preserves more natural tooth structure than crowns
- Seals teeth and keeps out bacteria
- Remains stable
- Protects tooth structure without extensive reshaping
What to Expect During Your Appointment
Your new dental restoration will be made in a lab for the best fit. Our cosmetic dentist often recommends inlays or onlays because they match the contours of the teeth they need to restore. During your first appointment, we’ll remove the decayed tooth structure and take impressions of your teeth. While you wait for your restoration to be made in the lab, we’ll place a temporary cover to protect the tooth in the meantime.
When you return for your second appointment, your new dental restoration will be ready. Once our dentist is satisfied with the color, shape, and fit of your restoration, he’ll remove the temporary tooth cover and replace it with the permanent inlay or onlay.
Ouris extremely thorough and will examine the edges of your dental onlay or inlay to ensure it fits tightly and will remain stable. We’ll also check your bite to ensure the onlay or inlay has been fitted properly. Once the restoration is bonded to your tooth and polished, you’ll be ready to go home.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Nazarian
Our cosmetic dentist offers inlays, onlays, and other dental procedures to help you smile with confidence. To request an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Troy, MI, call the Premier Dental Center at (248) 457-0500.