Both inlays and onlays are custom restorations made to fit your tooth. Unlike a crown, these restorations don’t cover the entire tooth, but they cover more space than a typical filling.
While an inlay is a restoration that fits inside the top edges of your tooth, an onlay extends over the top edges of your tooth.
An inlay or onlay may be appropriate when your tooth is too damaged for a basic filling but not damaged enough to require a crown. You also may benefit from an onlay or inlay if you have an old filling that has fallen out or broken down. Your dentist can help you decide whether an inlay or onlay is the correct restoration for you.
If you need an inlay or onlay, your dentist begins by removing all decay and any damaged areas from your tooth. After preparing your tooth, your dentist takes an impression so the lab can create a customized inlay or onlay. While the lab is making your inlay or onlay, you wear a temporary filling or covering over your tooth.
At your next appointment after your inlay or onlay is ready, your dentist uses an adhesive to attach it.
Inlays and onlays offer several advantages over other treatment options. For example, they are made of durable materials that can last for decades with proper care. Inlays and onlays make your teeth stronger.
In addition, onlays and inlays preserve more tooth structure. When placing a crown, the dentist must file down some of your tooth enamel so the cap fits properly over the tooth. Inlays and onlays, on the other hand, retain as much of your existing tooth structure as possible.
The cost of inlays and onlays varies based on the size of the restoration and other factors. Some dental insurance policies don’t cover this treatment option, so it’s important to investigate your benefits carefully before scheduling a procedure. For a customized quote, please consult the staff at Tusc Family Dental.
At Tusc Family Dental, we have partnered with three medical financial groups, each of which can help with certain payment amounts and credit situations.