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Dental Inlays and Onlays from Schumer Family Dental Care

Teeth that are damaged due to injury or tooth decay can cause serious dental issues, like pain, tooth loss, infection, and gum disease, if left untreated. The most common methods for repairing damaged teeth are dental fillings and crowns. However, occasionally neither treatment is ideal, and your dentist will opt for an inlay or onlay.

What are Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are usually utilized when the biting surface of a tooth is severely damaged. They can be made of porcelain, gold, or a composite resin material, and fill either the area between cusps, or extend over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.

Inlay VS Onlay

The main difference between an inlay and an onlay is what areas of the teeth they cover. An onlay is more extensive and covers the cusps, while an inlay only covers areas between cusps.

An inlay is usually used when the damage to a tooth is not severe. On the other hand, an onlay would be used to repair a tooth that is more fragile, has a higher risk of cracking, and needs a larger area repaired.

The Application

Two appointments are required to complete both inlays and onlays, similar to root canal therapy. This is because a mold of the damaged tooth must be taken and sent to a lab so the permanent onlay or inlay can be made to fit properly.

Your dentist will remove the damaged/decayed portion of the tooth during the first appointment, then prep the surface for an inlay or onlay. An impression of the tooth is made and sent to a lab. A temporary sealant will be applied to the tooth to protect it until your next appointment.

During the second appointment, the finished inlay or onlay is fitted in place and, provided it fits correctly, is bonded to the tooth and polished.

The Benefits

Inlays and onlays offer an alternative, reliable treatment option for tooth repair. Unlike fillings, which can cut a tooth’s strength in half, inlays and onlays can actually increase the strength of a tooth up to 75%. Inlays and onlays are also much more durable, and can last anywhere from 5 to 30 years.

Inlays and onlays are also a more conservative alternative to dental crowns, since not much of the natural tooth structure has to be removed in order to apply an inlay or onlay.

Visit Schumer Family Dental Care Today

At Schumer Family Dental Care, our team offers restorative and cosmetic dental procedures that allow you to maintain your oral health and beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment with us today for a check-up, cleaning, dental restoration, or if you have any other dental concerns that need to be addressed. Our team is here to ensure your teeth remain healthy and strong for years to come.

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