Inlays & Onlays

When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, Dr. Kaady will often recommend utilizing an inlay or onlay.

An inlay, similar to a filling, used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.

In the past, gold has often been used as the material of choice for inlays and onlays. However, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth. The inlay or onlay are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth.

Inlays and Onlays vs. Fillings and Crowns:

Inlays and onlays can be superior to traditional fillings because they can actually increase the strength of a natural tooth  as they are bonded directly to the tooth using high-strength resins. As a result, they can last from 10 to 30 years. Onlays are ideal for patient treatment when damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire crown.

The Process for Inlays and Onlays:

Inlays and onlays require two appointments. During the first visit, the filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. Dr. Kaady will make an impression of the tooth, and send it to a lab for fabrication. Then he will apply a temporary sealant on the tooth  and we’ll get you scheduled for your second appointment.

At the second appointment, the temporary sealant is removed. Dr. Kaady will then make sure that the inlay or onlay fits correctly and check your bite. If the fit is satisfactory, the inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished to a smooth finish.