Inlays and Onlays
Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC
Sometimes, a tooth has an area of decay that is too large for a filling, but not big enough to warrant the installation of a dental crown. For these areas of tooth decay, SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry prefers to use an inlay or onlay to repair the damage.
At SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we use inlays and onlays made of either professional-grade dental ceramic or composite resin, which can be matched in color to look exactly like your other teeth. An inlay is installed to repair the chewing surface of a tooth. An onlay is used for larger areas of decay on a tooth, typically involving multiple cusps—the tiny bumps on top—in addition to the chewing surface.
When is an inlay or onlay recommended?
This restorative treatment is advised for the intermediate areas of decay listed above. Inlays and onlays are a wiser choice than a crown in these situations because a greater quantity of the natural tooth is preserved—whereas a crown replaces the entire exterior of a tooth.
An inlay or onlay also can be used to replace a problematic older filling.
What can you expect from the installation of an inlay or onlay?
The type of material used will determine how long the procedure will take. If a composite resin is used, we can complete the procedure in one visit. However, if dental ceramic is used, our trusted lab will fabricate the inlay or onlay in which you will return for a later visit to have it permanently bonded to your tooth.
To begin the procedure your mouth will be made numb. Then, the dentist will remove the problem area from the tooth. Impressions may need to be made that the lab will use to fabricate your custom inlay or onlay. Once the material is ready for placement, it is permanently bonded to your tooth, providing you with a natural look and feel.
If you are interested in learning more about our dental inlays and onlays, or any of our other restorative treatment options, please call us at (864) 647-9000 to schedule a consultation.
SC Cosmetic Implant Dentistry provides total oral health care to patients living in the areas of Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC.