Inlays and Onlays
Some cavities and dental damage are too extensive to be repaired with a filling, but are not extensive enough to warrant placing a dental crown. In these cases, dental inlays and onlays allow us to provide a middle ground that provides ample support without requiring significant alteration of your tooth. Following treatment of the tooth, these porcelain restorations are designed to achieve a precise fit, similar to a puzzle piece. While an inlay fits inside the cusps (outer edges) to restore the chewing surface, an only also replaces one or more cusps. Many practices must provide temporary restorations for two or more weeks while the permanent restoration is being fabricated, but Dr. Mark Tall can provide beautiful custom inlays and onlays in a single visit. To learn more about how Dr. Tall can repair your smile with inlays and onlays, please contact our Idaho Falls, ID, practice today and schedule a consultation.
Candidates for Inlays and Onlays
Anyone who has a large cavity or a failing dental filling may be a good candidate for an inlay or onlay. Dr. Tall believes in providing the most conservative treatment possible, and will recommend an inlay or onlay if you have sufficient healthy dental tissue.
With proper care, your inlay or onlay can last as long as 20 years.
Once Dr. Tall has removed the decayed or damaged portions of the tooth, he will take a digital impression that will be transmitted to our in-house computer-aided drafting and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) machine, CEREC®.
Dr. Tall will select a solid ceramic block that closely matches the color of your tooth. Next, CEREC® will use the digital impression of your tooth to create your inlay or onlay. This process takes about an hour, so you will not need to wear a temporary restoration or return for a second visit. After the restoration is fabricated, the doctor will permanently secure it with dental cement. He will check your occlusion and make any necessary adjustments. Finally, you can leave our office with a healthy, restored smile. The restoration will look completely natural, so only you and Dr. Tall will know you have a restoration.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Our custom restorations provide several important benefits:
- Durability: With proper care, your inlay or onlay can last as long as 20 years.
- Conservative: Inlays and onlays require far less alteration of a tooth than a dental crown.
- Fast and Effective: Because we make inlays and onlays onsite in a single appointment, you can experience a fully restored bite faster than ever before, with no need for temporary restorations or multiple office visits.
- Natural Appearance: Made from high-grade dental porcelain using highly articulate technology, you can expect your inlay or onlay to be a precise match for your tooth in terms of both color and shape.
Learn More during a Consultation
Dr. Tall believes in taking a conservative approach to dentistry, and will always recommend treatment options that preserve the maximum amount of dental tissue. If you are experiencing tooth decay, need to replace a dental filling, or have dental damage that needs repair, contact us to learn if an inlay or onlay is right for you.