What Are Inlays & Onlays?
Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair teeth with moderate decay or with a crack or fracture. These teeth are typically too damaged to be restored with a traditional filling but have enough sufficient healthy tooth structure to place a crown. These restorations allow the dentist to conserve the natural tooth structure but still repair the tooth!
An inlay lies on the top or chewing surface of your tooth and lies within the cusps of your tooth. A dental onlay is similar to an inlay but is larger as it replaces one or more decayed or fractured cusps.
Dental inlays and onlays in Leland, NC are prepared similarly to a filling. The decay is removed from the tooth and the tooth is shaped to hold a restoration. Utilizing CEREC technology and an intra-oral scanner, your inlay or onlay will be fabricated at your dentist’s office and cemented that same appointment restoring your tooth back to health!