Dental inlays and onlays are two conservative methods used to restore tooth structure after decay or damage.

Unlike a standard filling, which is done right there in the dentist’s office, inlays and onlays are made in a laboratory and then bonded to the tooth on a second visit. Afterwards, the tooth can bear between 50-75% more chewing force.

Ideal candidates for inlay work have too much decay to be treated with a filling but have a sufficiently healthy tooth left such that they don’t need a crown. This allows the dentist to preserve the original tooth structure.

What are inlays/onlays?

An inlay is performed when the part of the tooth being replaced lies within the cusp tips of the tooth. When the damage is more extensive and the structure covers the entire chewing surface, the procedure is called an onlay. Below, you’ll learn about what’s involved in the dental inlay process:

What’s involved in the procedure?

  1. At your first appointment, your dentist will begin by preparing the area with a local anesthetic. The decay or damage is removed, and then the dentist will take an impression of the prepared tooth for the casting of the inlay/onlay. A temporary restoration is placed on the tooth for its protection while the inlay is being developed.
  2. In the intervening days before your second appointment, the laboratory will prepare the tooth area using gold, porcelain, or composite resin.
  3. On your second appointment, the dentist will test the fit by checking that it doesn’t interfere with your bite. If it holds well, the inlay will be permanently attached to the tooth using a special cement/bonding. Then, your dentist will polish the finished structure.

Think you may be a candidate for dental inlays in Hartford, CT? Then look no further! The dentists at Hospital Dental Group can diagnose your teeth and help you to determine the right treatment for you. We offer treatment options involving inlays/onlays, crowns, implants, and other restorative procedures as well as orthodontics, general dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Don’t wait to get your first appointment and see what Dr. Ravin can do for you!

You can call our office at 860-264-4033 to schedule your first appointment, or fill out this form and we will call you during our office hours.