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Inlays and Onlays

Woman smiling with perfect teethYou have probably come across fillings and crowns when it comes to treating cavities and badly decayed teeth. However, many patients are not aware of dental inlays and onlays as alternatives to treat tooth decay and cavities. When cavities are tiny, fillings are usually preferred, but crowns are utilized when the cavity or tooth decay is deeper and bigger. However, in other cases, dental fillings may be insufficient, and crowns may be deemed excessive. In these cases, an inlay or overlay may be the appropriate treatment.

Our team of expert dental professionals at Cascade Dental will conduct a thorough evaluation and identify the best treatment for your condition. When it comes to oral treatments, it is essential to seek expert assistance to make sure that optimal treatments and the most effective solutions are chosen.

What Are Inlays and Onlays?

An inlay covers tooth cavities and tooth decay located between the cusps of your teeth. An overlay fills the holes in similar spots while also covering greater sections including the cusps. They are identical to crowns, with the only difference being that a crown covers the whole tooth.

Inlays and onlays are both manufactured using similar techniques and serve the same purpose. They do, however, treat different areas of your tooth to prevent further progression of the decay or cavity.

What is an Inlay?

Inlays are molded and fitted into the top surface of the damaged tooth by our dental experts. In the clinic, our dentist creates an inlay by taking an impression of the affected area of your tooth, which is then sent to the laboratory to be made. When our dentist determines that dental fillings will be ineffective in reinforcing your teeth, they may propose an inlay.

Inlays are typically placed in the cavity and will not impact the cusps. For consistency, our dentists will work closely with you to ensure that your inlay resembles your tooth color. An inlay can be manufactured using porcelain or any other substance that is more durable as compared to traditional fillings.

What is an Onlay?

Onlays are frequently known as partial crowns since they provide similar functions as crowns but only cover a portion of your tooth. They will protect the chewing surface of the tooth including the cusps. When our dentist determines that the tooth cavity is too big to be treated with standard amalgam fillings, or that you have extensive tooth damage, they will propose an onlay.

An onlay will strengthen and secure the problematic portions of your teeth. Similarly, our dental experts will prepare you for the treatment by thoroughly cleaning the affected section of the tooth. While your unique onlay is being created in the lab, you will be provided with a temporary onlay until your personalized one is ready.

How Long Do Inlays and Onlays Last?

One of the advantages of inlays and onlays is that they are durable and can last for more than 10 years. However, their durability will be determined by a variety of factors, including your oral hygiene and practices.

If you need an inlay or onlay, come to Cascade Dental and speak with one of our professionals to find the best option for your situation. You can reach us at 541-779-6401 for more information on what to expect when you receive your inlay or onlay. For the greatest outcomes, we constantly strive to provide our patients with a tailored experience.

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