Inlays & Onlays in Raleigh, NC

There are several ways to treat a damaged tooth, whether the damage is the result of tooth decay (due to a cavity) or from an injury. Fillings are probably the most well-known treatment for dental cavities. If the damage is more extensive, a dental crown may be used. In cases where the damage is somewhere in between, an Inlay or Onlay will be recommended. You can find this treatment at Pleasant Pines Dentistry in Raleigh.

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are also referred to as “indirect fillings” because they work in the same way as dental fillings, but they are created in a dental laboratory rather than being placed directly onto the tooth. They are used when damage to a tooth is too large for a filling to treat, but not extensive enough for a crown to be placed. A crown requires a part of the tooth to be removed to make room for the crown, and an Inlay or Onlay helps to preserve the tooth structure if it can still be used. An inlay is placed when the damage occurs in between the cusps of the tooth (in the center), and an onlay is placed to repair one or more cusps.

Inlays and onlays are an effective treatment because they are a natural-looking restoration and are fairly effective at withstanding biting forces, which means that they are not easily damaged.

How are Inlays and Onlays Placed?

The procedure for placing either an Inlay or Onlay in Raleigh will be the same and is similar to the procedure for placing a dental crown. First, the tooth being treated will be numbed using a local anesthetic. Your dentist will then remove the damage and decay on the tooth before taking an impression of the tooth. The Inlay or Onlay will be made in a dental laboratory using this impression. These restorations can be made from a variety of materials, such as gold, porcelain, ceramic, or composite. Once they have been completed, your dentist at Pleasant Pines Dentistry will place the Inlay or Onlay onto the tooth using a resin or cement, and a special light source may be applied to harden the bonding material.

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