Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays in Rapid City SD
When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, a dentist will often use an inlay or onlay.
What are dental inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a dental filling is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth.
How are inlays and onlays applied?
Boulevard Dental is proud to offer digital dentistry with CEREC technology, and the majority of crowns/inlays/onlays are completed in one appt. Those seeking a gold inlay or onlay may require two visits. During the visit, the filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. To ensure proper fit and bite, an impression of the tooth is made by Dr. Doerr, and created in our office using a CEREC machine. This means our patients are able to have the entire process done in one day, creating a convenient option for treatment. Learn more about dental crowns service.
Call us today to schedule a consultation for an inlay or onlay.