Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Both inlays and onlays can help to restore your child’s smile. If a tooth has become severely decayed or has broken or cracked, an inlay or onlay may be a better option when compared to a dental filling. However, if the damage isn’t severe enough to compromise the entire tooth, a full dental crown may not be needed. This is why a custom-made inlay or onlay is the best choice for your child.
Why would Inlays and Onlays be needed?
There are a few reasons for why your child might need either an inlay or an onlay. If a tooth has broken or cracked just on the top surface, we might recommend this type of restoration. If your child has a tooth with a deep area of decay, this restoration is often a better alternative to a filling. These restorations can last for years, and they look natural because they are custom made for each patient.
What makes your child a candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
To determine if either an inlay or onlay is necessary, we can perform an examination. If your child has older, large fillings, we might recommend replacing these with either an inlay or an onlay. Inlays sit inside the cusps and grooves of a tooth while the onlay sits over top of the tooth itself. Both restorations are ideal for kids of all ages who need to have one or more teeth restored.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
The procedure begins by removing any old filling material as well as decay from your child’s tooth. We then take impressions and use these detailed molds to make the inlay or onlay. Your child will come in for a second visit to have the restoration placed. We make any adjustments that are needed so that the restoration is as comfortable as possible for them. With proper care, your child can expect the inlay or onlay to last for years before it’ll need to be replaced.
If you think your child would benefit from either an inlay or an onlay, call our office today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.