Inlays or onlays may be the solution you are looking for in instances where tooth decay or other damage have taken away the proper function of some of your teeth. Inlays and onlays have similar purposes, but with some crucial differences.
Inlays are fillings that are placed inside the biting area of back teeth to treat cavities. Inlays are made of tooth-colored composite resin or porcelain. The inlay is fitted to your tooth and cemented over the cavity to help prevent further infection and decay in that tooth. Onlays also help treat tooth decay or damaged teeth, but they are placed onto the outside of the tooth cusp. Onlays are essentially a partial crown, and they are used to repair extensively damaged teeth, prevent further infections and restore chewing abilities.
Whether you have an inlay or an onlay, they are applied in similar processes. The damaged area of the tooth is removed and a mold is taken of that tooth so an inlay or onlay can be custom-created for you. A temporary restoration is affixed to the tooth, and it is removed once the permanent inlay or onlay is ready to be fitted and cemented to the tooth. The new restoration is then polished to match the look and feel of the other teeth so that your smile is flawless!
Call Westcliffe Family Dental today at 509-627-6888 to learn more about dental inlays and onlays in Richland, Washington, and to set up your appointment with our dentist!