At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we perform many tooth restorations for urgent care patients. We’ve been restoring teeth since 1981 for our valued patients.
We fill cavities. We repair broken teeth. We place dental implants after a tooth extraction. Regardless of the extent of the tooth damage—or if the tooth has to be extracted—we create custom restorations.
In today’s post, we are going to discuss two types of restorations: inlays and onlays.
What’s The Difference Between an Inlay And an Onlay?
Both inlays and onlays are smaller than full dental crowns. They can be made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain.
Inlays and onlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has transpired.
An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more cusps, or bumps, on the top of the tooth.
- An inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth
- An onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its former dimension
Inlays And Onlays in One Dental Visit
With our CEREC technology, we can create and place an inlay or an onlay in one dental visit.
The treatment begins with a thorough evaluation and x-ray. The damaged tooth structure is removed. The inlay or onlay is milled to exactly fit your tooth and bite.
After the CEREC milling machine creates the restoration, it’s permanently bonded to the tooth. Same day restoration!
Matched Perfectly to Your Tooth Color
Inlays and onlays are durable and inconspicuous. We match them to the precise shade of your tooth. No silver amalgam.
Inlays and onlays protect the tooth from further degeneration. They provide natural function.
We are a full-service dental practice. An urgent care dentist must be skilled in emergency, general, and cosmetic dentistry.
If you have a dental emergency, or are looking for a team of experienced dental professionals, give us a call to schedule a consultation.