Inlays and Onlays

There are many ways in which a tooth can become badly damaged. Occasionally, teeth can become fractured or badly decayed which is unsuitable for a regular filling or dental crown. When a damaged tooth is unable to be fixed with a traditional filling, inlays and onlays are used to help restore the tooth to full strength. Inlays and Onlays are stronger than traditional fillings, are made up in a laboratory, and are bonded to the tooth to act as a natural part of the tooth. Dr. Evans is able to create an Inlay and Onlays to help rebuild your tooth.

When Are Inlays Used?

Inlays are traditionally used when a cavity is too large to be repaired by a normal dental filling. Instead, the inlay is a solid piece that is placed between the cusps in the center of the tooth after a cavity is removed. This is then cemented into place to restore the tooth. Inlays are typically made of ceramic, metal, gold, or composite resin.

When Are Onlays Used?

Onlays are used to rebuild a tooth that has been damaged while saving as much of the natural tooth as possible. Onlays cover one or more cusps of the damaged teeth. These are used when there are large cavities, fracture lines, or teeth with existing fillings. Onlays are also made of a solid restorative material.

How Are Inlays and Onlays Placed?

When receiving an Inlay or Onlays, it is generally done within two appointments. At the first appointment, Dr. Evans will take an impression (mold) of your teeth. The mold will be sent over to a laboratory to create the Inlay or Onlays that will be placed into the affected tooth. The dentist will then remove the decayed portion and take another impression to be sent to the laboratory. Once this second impression is done, the dentist will place a temporary Inlay or Onlays on the tooth. During the next appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary Inlay or Onlays and place the permanent piece on the tooth. This completes the restoration. The difference here is that Inlays are placed within the center of the tooth, whereas Onlays are placed on top of the cusps to cover the infected tooth.

Learn More About Inlays & Onlays

If you feel that these might be a good idea to help restore your teeth, then contact the team at Wager Evans Dental to get an appointment started for you. Click here to request an appointment or call our office today at (775) 829-7700. Located in Reno, NV, we proudly welcome residents from South Meadows, Double Diamond, Caughlin Ranch, Donner Springs, Meadowood, Sommersett, Arrowcreek, and all surrounding communities.

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