Usually an inlay or an onlay is used when the damage of the tooth is too much for a regular filling to handle. The bigger the filling, the weaker a regular filling will be. Therefore, to ensure no future mishaps occur and your teeth are as strong as they can be, an inlay or onlay may be suggested. Once the damaged, or decayed, portion of the tooth is removed, a temporary onlay may be placed on the tooth. Impressions are then sent to a lab for the real onlay to be created that will fit perfectly with a patient’s tooth. If an inlay is being created, there is usually no temporary covering for this. The affected portion of the tooth is removed and then an impression is taken and sent to a lab. Once the impression is returned, the tooth is the fitted with the inlay.
If you’re unsure whether your tooth requires and inlay or onlay, contact us today to setup an appointment.