Dr. Ashley Covington and Dr. Perry DuRant may recommend Onlays and Inlays as a more conservative approach to tooth restoration than full crowns. The are used to repair rear teeth that have mild to moderate tooth decay, or for cracked teeth where the damage does not warrant a dental crown. Porcelain, composite resin and sometimes gold are used to create inlays and onlays. Inlays refer to those procedures where the bonded material limited to the center of the tooth, while onlays refer to those procedures where the bonded material can extend further to one or more cusps of the tooth.
Advantages of Inlays and Onlays
- Less likely to discolor over time
- Preserves more natural tooth structure than crowns
- Seals teeth and keeps out bacteria
- Remains stable
- Protects tooth structure without extensive reshaping
Procedure for Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are made in a dental lab for the best fit. Our Beaufort dentists often recommends inlays and onlays because they match the contours of the teeth they need to restore. During your first appointment, we’ll remove the decayed tooth structure and take impressions of your teeth. While you wait for your dental inlay or onlay to be made in the lab, we’ll place a temporary cover to protect the tooth in the meantime.
When you return for your second appointment, your tooth inlay or onlay will be ready. Once our dentist is satisfied with the color, shape, and fit of your restoration, they’ll remove the temporary tooth cover and replace it with the permanent inlay or onlay.
Dr. Covington or Dr. DuRant will examine the edges of your dental inlay or onlay to ensure it fits tightly and will remain stable. We’ll also check your bite to ensure the inlay or onlay has been fitted properly. Once the restoration is bonded to your tooth and polished, you’ll be ready to go home.
If you live in Beaufort, SC or the surrounding area, we encourage you to call 843-986-0177 and schedule a consultation so we can examine you and determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.