What Are Dental Inlays & Onlays?

What Are Dental Inlays & Onlays?

Dental inlays and onlays are an alternative to traditional tooth implants. Inlays are restorations that are designed to fit the center of a tooth. On the other hand, onlays restore the cusp of the tooth. Both of these can be bonded to damaged teeth and will blend in to match the rest of your teeth.

How Are Inlays and Onlays Different From Full Implants?

Dental inlays and onlays help fix dental problems that are too small to require a crown. Using these instead of dental crowns also keeps the healthy parts of your tooth intact, since much less of the tooth structure needs to be removed.

What Can I Expect From an Inlay or Onlay Procedure?

Getting a dental inlay or onlay requires at least two appointments. First, an impression will be taken of your damaged tooth. This way, a mold can be made to ensure a perfect fit. As your permanent inlay or onlay is being created, you will receive a temporary one to protect your tooth for the time being. Once the permanent inlay or onlay is ready, you will return to the office to have it bonded to the tooth. You can resume your normal eating and brushing activities on the same day.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Inlays or Onlays?

When tooth decay gets too severe, a crown or a cap is often unavoidable. If your tooth has only a minor amount of decay, inlays and onlays will protect it just as well as a regular implant. If you’re not sure about the extent of the damage, you can consult our team about the best method of treatment.

How Much Do Inlays and Onlays Cost?

The average inlay or onlay costs $500-$900. We’re happy to work with you to develop a payment plan if you don’t have coverage, though inlays and onlays are usually covered by insurance.

Simply Smiles is a dental practice filled with caring and professional technicians who want you to have the healthiest teeth so you can keep smiling! If you need to make an appointment, contact us today.