Dental inlays and onlays

If you are dealing with chipped teeth or areas of decay too large for fillings but too small for dental crowns, you may want to ask us about the benefits of dental inlays and onlays. These restorations are made of porcelain and are created to be a more conservative alternative to dental crowns in situations where patients have large areas of decay, an inlay, or onlay can repair the area while removing as little natural tooth structure as possible.

Why choose inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are made to bond into or onto the tooth to repair it and allow it to function correctly. These restorations eliminate a smaller portion of the natural tooth structure required for dental crowns but provide a better repair than a large filling may. During a consultation visit and evaluation, patients will be educated about their options for tooth repair and might want to consider the advantages that ceramic inlays and onlays have.

What can I expect from the inlay or onlay process?

Typically, only two appointments are needed to create and bond inlays and onlays onto a tooth. During the first appointment, patients consult with our doctors to determine if they can benefit from inlays or onlays. Then, the teeth are prepared, and impressions are taken. These detailed impressions are sent to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of the inlay or onlay. When complete, they are sent back to the dentist, and patients arrive for their second appointment to place the restoration in the smile. Patients might need a local anesthetic for this treatment, but regardless, they are comfortable from start to finish!

Are you interested in learning more about ceramic onlays and inlays?

If you believe you could benefit from an onlay restoration or other ceramic repair with a qualified, skilled dentist, call Distinctive Dentistry today. Eugene, OR area patients can connect with our front office team to make an appointment by calling (541) 255-1287. Our office, conveniently located at 1775 River Road, accepts new and established patients.