Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and Onlays VA, DC, MD, NY, IL, & NM

Treat large cavities on the molars and bicuspids.

Inlays or Onlays are typically used when cavities on the chewing surface of back teeth have become too severe to be treated with traditional fillings. The difference between an onlay and inlay is the position of the damage in regards to the chewing surface of the tooth. So, if the damage is within the depression surface of the tooth (within the cusps) it is an inlay. If more extensive damage has progressed and the cusps must be recreated, it becomes an onlay.

Varieties of inlay and onlay materials include gold, porcelain, and a composite resin colored to match your natural tooth. The latter two options are the most popular today, due to their natural aesthetic appearance. These restorations are a two-step process. First, we prepare the tooth by removing decay or old materials and taking an impression of the affected area. Then, we send the impression molds to a dental laboratory where a skilled technician fabricates the restoration. At the next appointment, the inlay or onlay is cemented into place.

Are you suffering from a severe cavity or broken/damaged teeth? If so, don’t wait any longer for the problem to worsen. Let us make you a porcelain restoration that perfectly matches the shade of your teeth and brings back their full function! Call us today at (571) 559-2729.