Inlay and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. Used to repair moderate to severe damage or decay, the inlay and onlay is an effective solution for restoring the function of the tooth. Dr. Heather Adams offers solutions for repairing tooth decay and damage. Inlay and onlays are a high-quality dental restoration for addressing large or hard to reach areas of decay.
Inlay and onlays are dental restorations custom fabricated from modern dental porcelain. The restoration is custom designed and color matched for an aesthetic result. The restoration is stain and decay resistant and can last for many years with proper oral hygiene.
What is an Inlay?
An inlay is used to repair decay or damage that exists in the deep cusp of the tooth, usually a molar. Dr. Adams removes decayed tissue and thoroughly cleans the tooth. The inlay is placed and bonded creating a tight seal to strengthen and protect the tooth.
What is an Onlay?
An onlay is used to address decay or damage that affects a large surface area. Dr. Adams may recommend an onlay for tooth decay that has damaged some of the tooth structure. Onlays are more conservative than full dental crown and more stabilizing than a dental filling. The onlay is placed on a cleaned and prepared tooth and sealed into place.
Dr. Heather Adams and her team provide comprehensive care to patients in their Rogers, AR dentist office. Dr. Adams offers inlays and onlays for moderate to severe tooth decay to restore tooth function. We will work with patients every step of the way in the treatment process to ensure that it runs smoothly.
Inlays and Onlays FAQs
What is the difference between inlays and onlays?
Inlays repair tooth damage in the cusp of the tooth. Decay is removed, the tooth is cleaned, and the inlay is bonded to protect and seal the tooth during this procedure. Onlays address damage that cover a large surface area. It can cover one or more cusps, and are sometimes referred to as partial crowns.
How long do inlays and onlays last?
With the right dental care, inlays and onlays can last you 20 to 30 years. You should avoid eating overly sticky or hard foods during the first few days after treatment to ensure that your teeth and the restorations are properly maintained.
How do onlays compare to dental crowns?
Less tooth structure needs to be removed for treatment with an onlay. Onlays are also more cost-effective than dental crowns, but are a more indirect restoration. Dr. Adams offers both onlays and dental crowns. She can help you determine which option works with your budget and goals.
Is having a tooth prepped for an inlay or onlay painful?
Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic in preparation for your restoration, so you should not experience anything different than from receiving a dental filling. We can provide dental sedation options for patients that are anxious about visiting the dentist.
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Repair tooth damage with an inlay or onlay today. Call Dr. Adams and her team at (479) 431-4212. Dr. Adams and staff are passionate about providing personalized care to patients of all ages.