Dental Inlays vs. Onlays
When teeth are too damaged to repair with a filling, most Claremont dentists will recommend a full crown. But crowns mean reducing the healthy tooth structure that’s there, so that there’s room for it to slip over the entire tooth.
With an inlay or onlay, Dr. Aman Syed can repair larger areas of tooth damage while still preserving as much structure as possible.
As lab made fillings, inlays and onlays are slightly different from one another (hence the name.) With an inlay, the restoration is filling in a large hole inside of the tooth as well as the shallower areas of the biting surface. But with an onlay, a larger area of the outer surface, including the biting cusps (sharp edges on the chewing surfaces) are involved.
What to Expect
Getting dental inlays or onlays in Claremont, New Hampshire usually requires two separate appointments, about two weeks apart. During your first visit, Dr. Syed will numb and prep the tooth, removing the damaged areas and then taking an impression. We’ll cover your tooth with a temporary crown or filling while your custom restoration is being designed in the lab. Once it’s ready, you’ll stop back by to have the temporary removed and the permanent inlay/onlay bonded in place.
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain so that they blend in with your smile. But if we’re treating an upper back tooth that’s not visible, we may recommend gold, since it holds up well to extensive amounts of pressure.