What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. Historically, gold has been the preferred material for the procedure due to its durability. However, due to recent advancements in dental technology, porcelain has become increasingly popular because of the strength and color of the material. Porcelain inlays and onlays closely resemble the color of your tooth, making them nearly invisible.

What’s the Procedure Like?

First Appointment

The procedure generally requires two appointments to complete. In the first visit, we remove the damaged or decayed part of the tooth then we prepare the treatment area for the inlay or onlay. The dentist then takes an impression of the tooth to ensure a proper fit before sending the mold to a lab where they will fabricate the custom pieces. You’ll receive a temporary sealant on the tooth until your next appointment when the pieces will be installed.

Second Appointment

In the second appointment, your dentist will remove the sealant and make sure that the inlay or onlay fit correctly. Your dentist will then bond the piece to the tooth with a strong resin before polishing the area for a smooth finish.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

Unlike traditional fillings, inlays and onlays can actually increase the strength of the tooth by as much as 75%. This means they can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years before needing replacement. Additional benefits include:

  • Restore functionality to the tooth
  • Preserves the structure of your tooth and treats tooth decay
  • Eliminates tooth sensitivity and tooth loss

Want to Restore Your Smile with Inlays and Onlays in Cannonsburg, PA?

Evans Family Dental is your premier choice for the full range of dental restoration that can be achieved with inlays and onlays. Contact our office today to attain the highest quality restorative treatment anywhere in Cannonsburg!