Inlays and Onlays
If you have old fillings that need to be removed, or you simply want to replace your metal fillings – dental inlays and onlays are the best option for you.
An inlay is very similar to a fitting, as it fits inside the cusp of your tooth. An onlay on the other hand, covers more area and extends over the cusp of the tooth that is being treated.
These restorative treatments use composite resin or porcelain to fit into the cavity in your tooth and are cemented into place. These materials allows for a more natural look and great results as it will match the rest of your teeth and be very discreet.
They are used to repair and restore a damaged or decayed tooth that is not damaged enough to need a crown but damaged enough for a filling. The procedure only takes a couple visits to your dentist, and like most procedures, a mold of your teeth will be sent to the lab in order to custom create the inlays and onlays to then be placed during your next appointment.
This quick and easy procedure is virtually painless, anesthetic will be administered locally before an injection to numb the area. This is because your dentist might need to remove the decay in your tooth and shave it down in order to apply the inlay or onlay. Apart from that, the inlay and onlay is placed and cemented over or into your tooth and bonded within minutes.
If you think you can benefit from this procedure and would like to speak to a professional about it, call us at (704) 750-0260 or visit us at 210 East Trade Street E- 484, Charlotte, NC 28202.