We are constantly using our teeth to chew and bite. The surfaces of our teeth often become worn down and weakened over time. Once a biting surfaces becomes significantly damaged, Dr. Williamson may recommend an inlay or onlay.
Dental inlays and onlays can successfully preserve the tooth and restore its full bite force. You can maintain the appealing structure of your smile, in addition to its functionality, with our beautiful inlays or onlays.
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are composite resin, gold, or porcelain materials that are bonded to the damaged surfaces of teeth. Inlays are placed within the cusps of the teeth. Onlays are used when damage extends over one or more cusp.
If you and Dr. Williamson determine that an inlay or onlay is the best solution for your smile, we will build your restoration to match the shade and shape of your natural tooth. Porcelain is usually a patient favorite because it is strong, stain-resistant, and nearly identical to natural teeth.
The Restoration Process
The inlay or onlay process usually requires two visits to our office. During your first visit, Dr. Williamson will clean the damaged tooth and prepare it for the inlay or onlay. She will take impressions of the affected teeth so that we can create a restoration that will function with your natural bite.
During your second visit, you and Dr. Williamson will examine the new inlay or onlay and make sure it fits appropriately. If you are pleased with the look and feel of your restoration, your dentist will permanently bond the inlay or onlay to the tooth. She will polish the area and give you instructions for at-home care.
With good habits, your inlay or onlay can enhance your smile for up to 35 years! To learn more about ways you can improve your oral health and aesthetic, please give us a call today.