Inlays and onlays are more extensive than dental fillings but less so than dental crowns. Inlays and onlays are typically constructed in a lab out of gold, porcelain, or resin, depending on the patient’s needs and aesthetic goals. These restorations can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. An inlay is a restoration that is made to fit the center of a tooth and an onlay is a restoration that encompasses at least one cusp of the tooth. Inlays and onlays are bonded into place.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for an inlay or onlay?
If you have any moderate tooth decay or damage and would like an alternative option to a crown, you may be a candidate for an inlay or onlay. Schedule a consultation with a complete examination to discover if an inlay or onlay is the right choice for you.
What should I expect when I get my inlay or onlay in Wichita, Kansas?
Your dental inlay or onlay will be prepared and placed over multiple dental treatments. Your tooth will be prepared for treatment and an impression will be taken so that your restoration can be custom made. Dr. Blake Lawlor may place a temporary restoration while your permanent inlay or onlay is being constructed. When the restoration is complete, you will return to our office to have the temporary restoration removed and the permanent one bonded into place.
Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?
While your temporary restoration is in place, special care is needed. Avoid sticky or hard foods that could damage the temporary restoration. Once your permanent inlay or onlay is placed, you can resume normal eating, brushing, and flossing habits.
We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule a visit with our dentist.