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Inlays and onlays are restorations that are often used to repair rear teeth that have experienced mild to moderate decay. They also are ideal for restoring teeth that aren’t damaged to the level that would require a crown.

Inlays and onlays can be made from various materials. These include tooth-colored porcelain, composite resin or even gold. Inlays are custom-fitted to repair decay or damage in the ridges of the teeth. Also custom-fitted, onlays are used to repair decay and damage that occurs on more than one cusp (point) of the tooth. Each tooth has four points or cusps.

Inlays and onlays look remarkably natural, so no one will know they’re not your real teeth. They are also incredibly durable and can last for many years if not decades.

The Procedure

During your first visit, Dr. Olesen will prepare the tooth. She will take a molded impression of the damaged tooth. With an on-site CEREC machine, she can make the restoration in the office so you can have it the same day. Please note that your appointment will take approximately two and a half hours if you require a CEREC milled restoration. If you are short on time, she can have the inlay or onlay sent to a lab so you can be in and out of the office in about an hour. The choice is always yours.

A fitted, temporary restoration in the shape of the final inlay or onlay can be fabricated during this appointment to protect the tooth while the final restoration is being made.

Dr. Olesen might discuss with you the best type of material to use. Porcelain offers the best esthetics because it most closely matches the natural color of your teeth. It is often used in the “smile line” areas. If you grind your teeth or have a malocclusion, composite resin may be the best option for you.

If you elected to have the restoration made at a lab, you would need to return for a second visit. During this appointment, Dr. Olesen will remove the temporary restoration, and your inlay or onlay is placed. She will take great care to ensure that it fits correctly. Next, Dr. Olesen will use a strong resin adhesive to bond the inlay or onlay to your tooth. Lastly, she will polish it, so it has a smooth and pleasing appearance.

Want to Learn More?

If you think an inlay or onlay is right for your smile needs, please schedule an appointment today at Belle City Family Dentistry serving the Racine & Mount Pleasant areas.
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