South Beach Dentistry

Inlays & Onlays

When over half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, a dentist will often use an inlay or onlay.

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth; an onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which matches the natural color of teeth.

How are they applied?

Inlays and onlays require two appointments. During the first visit, the old filling or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. To ensure proper fit and bite, an impression of the tooth is taken and sent to a lab for fabrication. Dr. Woodlock will then apply a temporary sealant on the tooth and schedule the next appointment.At the second appointment, the temporary sealant is removed. Dr. Woodlock will then make sure that the inlay or onlay fits correctly. If the fit is satisfactory, the inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished to a smooth finish.

Considerations

Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50 percent. As an alternative, inlays and onlays, bonded directly onto the tooth with special high-strength resins, can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75 percent. In some cases, when the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire crown, onlays can provide a good alternative.

Call us at (757) 427-9449 or visit our office to learn more about our dentistry services, including inlays & onlays.

South Beach Dentistry is located in Foxfire Center at the intersection of General Booth Blvd./Princess Anne Rd. and Seaboard Rd. in the fastest growing section of Southern Virginia Beach.

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