Inlay & Onlay Restorations
Inlay and onlay restorations are custom-crafted fillings made out of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. These restorations are popular due to their resemblance to natural teeth. Often referred to as partial crowns, inlays and onlays are popular cosmetic treatments that are made by a professional dental laboratory and are permanently cemented onto the tooth by Dr. Villalobos.
There is a slight difference between an inlay and an onlay. Inlays fill the area between your tooth cusps, while onlays cover the cusps. Both inlays and onlays don’t cover your entire tooth like a dental crown, they simply restore the part of your tooth that’s been affected.
Reasons for Inlays & Onlays
Inlay and onlay restorations can fix a variety of different dental problems, including:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Cosmetic enhancements
Are inlays and onlays better than fillings?
Whether or not an inlay or onlay is better suited for you than a dental filling will depend on the circumstances of your situation. If you have a very large cavity, an inlay or onlay may be the better option for you. But if your cavity is quite small, a filling would be much less intrusive. Dr. Villalobos will examine your tooth and determine which treatment option will work best for you.
What to Expect During Treatment
An inlay or onlay procedure is done in a very similar way to a dental crown. First, Dr. Villalobos administers a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable during the procedure. He can also provide you with sedation if you’ve agreed beforehand.
From there, Dr. Villalobos will remove any infected areas of your tooth to prepare your tooth for its new part. Once it’s ready, he’ll take an impression of the area to create the inlay or onlay. You’ll receive a temporary restoration until your customized inlay or onlay is ready.
Once your permanent restoration is ready, Dr. Villalobos can remove the temporary inlay or onlay and clean your tooth. Then, he’ll securely attach the inlay or onlay to your tooth, giving you your new, beautiful smile.
How long do inlays and onlays last?
Inlays and onlays can last for many years, needing replacement every 20 to 30 years. Taking good care of your teeth ensures the restoration lasts longer, so you’ll need fewer replacements. How long your inlay or onlay lasts also depends on where it’s placed inside your mouth. Heavy traffic areas such as your back molars may wear out your restorations quicker than those in the front of your mouth.
Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Villalobos
Inlays and onlays can be great options for repairing a variety of dental issues. With Dr. Villalobos, he can restore your smile’s natural beauty and get your oral health back on track. To schedule a consultation, call our Jupiter office at (561) 744-0677 or simply fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.