Inlays and Onlays in Huntersville

Porcelain Inlay and Onlay

The Smile Architects provides services for inlays and onlays in Huntersville, NC. Call 704-875-1621 to learn more and schedule your appointment.

When a tooth has more damage or decay than can be repaired with a dental filling, but not enough for a full dental crown, we use an inlay or onlay to restore strength and function. Much like dental crowns, inlays and onlays are fabricated by a dental laboratory and then bonded directly to a prepared tooth. Onlays are used when most of the chewing surface, including the cusps, must be restored, while inlays fit in the center of the tooth, between the cusps.

Inlays and onlays are strong, long-lasting dental restorations that rarely, if ever, need replacement. They can be made with a tooth-colored material like porcelain to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your tooth or they can be made with a durable cast gold alloy.

What to Expect When Getting an Inlay or Onlay

Inlays and onlays require two separate appointments. The visit begins by taking an impression, which allows us to design a restoration that matches the shape and size of your natural tooth. Next, your tooth is prepared by removing all of the areas that are decayed or damaged. Another impression is taken to ensure that the finished inlay or onlay fits securely onto the tooth, preventing bacteria from seeping under the restoration and causing decay.

Your restoration is then designed and this design is sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication. You’ll be given a temporary restoration to protect your tooth during this time, then once your restoration is complete, you’ll return to our office so the inlay or onlay can be fitted and bonded to your prepared tooth.

Inlays and onlays require no special attention or care provided that you practice good home oral hygiene habits and visit the dentist every six months for dental cleanings and comprehensive oral exams.

Frequently Asked Questions About Inlays and Onlays

Are onlays better than fillings?

Yes, onlays are better than fillings if your tooth has more decay than can be repaired with a dental filling. Onlays leave more of the healthy tooth structure intact than dental crowns, but they strengthen a compromised tooth better than a filling.

How much do inlays and onlays cost?

The price of inlays and onlays varies depending on the material you choose for your restoration. During your consultation, we’ll provide you with cost comparisons for each option.

How long do inlays and onlays last?

Inlays and onlays can last for decades with good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist for preventive care.

Does getting an inlay hurt?

No, your tooth and the tissue surrounding it will be thoroughly numbed with local anesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain when it’s being prepared for your inlay. Afterwards, you may experience some mild sensitivity and tenderness.

Call 704-875-1621 to schedule your appointment.