Inlay and Onlay Dentist in Tri-Cities, WA

When the chewing surfaces of back teeth are damaged, breaks, fractures, or old fillings that need to be replaced, an inlay or onlay is often the recommended solution. Both inlays and onlays are considered “indirect” fillings, meaning that they are fabricated outside the mouth and then bonded to the tooth. This is in contrast to a “direct” filling, which is applied directly to the cavity.

Difference Between Inlays and Onlays

• An inlay is a pre-molded filling fitted into the grooves of a tooth and does not extend over the cusps of the tooth.
• An onlay is a method used to repair a tooth that has more extensive damage affecting the cusp or tips of the tooth, or potentially the biting surface.

Inlays and onlays typically require less tooth to be removed as opposed to a filling, crown, or root canal. Inlays and onlays are strong, long-lasting, and require no greater level of care than any other tooth. As usual, it is important to continue daily brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings at the dental office are all you need to make sure your restoration lasts for years to come.

After evaluating the damaged tooth, Tri-City Dental Care will help you make the best decision for your budget and your mouth – and give you a long-lasting solution for your smile.