In the presence of tooth decay covering a large surface area or tucked deep in the crevices of a molar, an inlay or onlay can offer a conservative treatment option to restore the tooth’s integrity. A conservative alternative to a dental crown, inlay, and onlays are more comprehensive than a dental filling.
Dr. Jose Gil custom designs dental inlays and onlays as a restorative treatment for tooth decay at Hamilton Dental Designs in Allentown, PA. Dr. Gil always strives to provide patients with the most effective, least invasive treatment option that will improve their oral health long term.
A local anesthetic may be administered prior to treatment for optimal comfort. Dr. Gil then removes any decayed tissue from the infected tooth and thoroughly cleans the surface of the tooth. Finally, the tooth is prepared for the custom inlay or onlay to be set and bonded in place.
What Is An Inlay?
An inlay is a dental restoration used to treat tooth decay present on the contour of the surface of the tooth. Inlays are typically used to treat large surface areas of decay that are too advanced for a traditional dental filling.
The inlay restoration is custom designed and is color-matched to blend seamlessly with the natural tooth. Once set, the inlay is polished to a natural shine. The inlay will seal out the future decay and is stain resistant for a lasting and beautiful result.
What Is An Onlay?
An onlay is like a partial dental crown and is commonly used as a conservative alternative to a full crown. The onlay is used to restore a tooth with decay in the top part or crown of the tooth. Unfortunately, this area tends to have many small crevices that can be difficult to clean making it commonplace for cavities to form.
An onlay is custom-designed to fit the crevices and contours or toot crown. The onlay will be securely bonded to the tooth for a smooth and comfortable finish.