Inlays and Onlays
Dentist in Wilmington, NC
If you are in need of a crown or filling, our team may suggest inlays or onlays as an alternative. Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that offer a well-fitting, long-lasting solution to tooth decay. While dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a single dental visit, inlays and onlays are prepared in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth.
Inlays are for filling in the cavity of the tooth while onlays are made to cover the cusp of a damaged tooth. Both inlays and onlays are highly durable and with proper care, can last for many years. These restorative solutions are common for patients with failing restorations, lost fillings, or fractured cusps.
Inlays and onlays provide numerous benefits. They provide consistent coloring with your teeth and are unlikely to discolor over time. Inlays and onlays also conserve a large portion of the natural tooth. Inlays in particular can seal out bacteria and protect tight spaces. Ultimately, inlays and onlays will provide strength and stability to infected or damaged teeth.