Onlays / Inlays
Dental onlays and inlays are used to restore the biting surface of teeth after it has been damaged.
Onlays involve a more extensive reconstruction process, since they are typically used when a larger part of the tooth is damaged - often extending to one or more of the cusps.
Dental inlays are a restoration used to treat teeth that have decay or damage lying within their indented top surfaces. Similar to fillings, inlays are custom-made to fit a prepared spot and lay inside the cusp tips of a tooth.
The onlay/inlay process typically takes two office visits. During the first visit, your dentist will remove the tooth's decay and/or damage and prepare it to receive the onlay or inlay. Then, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth being treated and place a temporary sealant over the tooth. A dental lab will then create an onlay or inlay to match the tooth's exact specifications. During the second office visit, the temporary sealant will be removed and the newly created onlay or inlay will be placed and bonded on top of the tooth.
For more information on our Gainesville office dental procedures or if you have questions about onlays and inlays, please contact us today or request a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you soon.