Estero Veneers and Implants

Dental Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are 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.

What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?
  • Natural look: Inlays and onlays have a natural tooth color that makes them virtually invisible compared to metal fillings.
  • Great fit: Inlays and onlays will not expand or contract based on temperature like metal fillings.
  • Longevity: Inlays and onlays can last up to thirty years, longer than any other type of filling.
  • Minimal tooth structure removed: Inlays and onlays require the minimal removal of a tooth’s surface, helping to preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas.
How it’s done:
Two visits to our Estero FL cosmetic dental office are usually required to place an inlay or onlay. In the first visit, we will take an impression or scan of your tooth, which will be sent to a dental lab to create the permanent inlay or onlay. Before you leave, we will fit your tooth with a temporary inlay / onlay to keep the tooth protected between visits. During your second visit, the temporary protective material will be removed and your tooth will be fitted with the permanent inlay or onlay received from the lab.

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