Inlay & OnlayAn Overview
Inlays & onlays are commonly used to treat moderate tooth decay, especially in larger teeth with varied biting surfaces. Dental inlays & onlays, often called partial crowns, are made of high-quality professional grade dental porcelain for natural and durable results. Dental inlays and onlays are resistant to tooth discoloration and tooth decay. They are designed to last for many years. The high-quality porcelain can be color matched to blend with your natural smile for beautiful results.
Dr. Kami or Kevin Marr use high-quality composite, tooth colored or metal inlay & onlays to effectively treat mild to moderate tooth decay. To determine if an inlay or onlay is right for you, Drs. Marr will conduct a thorough oral health exam. Your Marr Family dentist will discuss the different material options with you and review the benefits of each. Together, you will choose the material that will best suit your oral health needs and meet your cosmetic goals.
Inlays & Onlays are often used as a preferred alternative to dental crowns because they require less removal of tooth structure. Drs. Marr will always attempt to conserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible for long-term dental health and facial integrity.
Inlay Vs. Onlay
- Inlay– An inlay is designed to repair injury or decay found in the cusp of the tooth crown. The inlay fits into the crevices of the tooth forming a secure seal. Dr. Marr permanently bonds the inlay to a cleaned tooth after the decay has been removed.
- Onlay– Onlays are custom designed to repair damage or decay that is affecting a large surface area on the tooth. Often referred to as a partial crown, the onlay is a more conservative treatment option that helps to support the natural tooth for a permanent dental restoration.
I have been so pleased with Drs. Kami and Kevin since beginning with them in December. They have been very attentive to my recent dental challenges, serving me with excellence and compassion. I've personally recommended them to a couple of my work colleagues, and can't speak highly enough of their…Bruce H.
...from the moment I walked in the door for my first visit, the gals behind the desk made me feel comfortable. I can honestly say I have anxiety when I visit the dentist but everyone made me feel at ease, and Dr. Kami is top-notch. I have finally found a…Kelly P.
On a recent visit to Marr Family Dentistry Dr. Kevin discussed with me the need for repair to a tooth with a crack on the back side. He spent as much time was needed to explain a number of options for the repair, the benefits and risks for each option…Natalie M.
Found the dentist office was efficient. Appointment time and in chair were right on. X-ray equipment appeared to be up to date. Teeth cleaning and inspection was very professional. Everyone was extremely professional and enjoyable to converse with. Explanation of treatment was explained to both spouse and patient for complete…Allie L.
The folks at Marr Family Dentistry made me feel at home and safe in their office and during their work. I feel completely informed and supported in my dental health. I am thankful to the Marr team for your kindness, professionalism, and care that you show my family and me.…John K.
As always, it was my pleasure! Both Dr. Marr's are wonderful, and so is their staff and services. Very happy to have such a great pair of dentist, and all of their wonderful staff as well to provide such services for myself and all of my family as well. Cannot…James N.
Inlay & Onlay What to Expect
The inlay or onlay procedure will begin with the removal of the decayed region of the infected tooth. Using a local anesthetic to make you comfortable, Dr. Marr will carefully and gently remove all of the diseased tissue from the infected area.
Once the tooth is clear and clean, an impression will be taken of the tooth. The impression will be used to fabricate a custom inlay or onlay. At this time, your dentist will temporarily fill the tooth with a filling material while you wait for your custom inlay or onlay to be fabricated.
In about two to three weeks, once the inlay or onlay has been designed and crafted, you will return to our Greeley, CO dentist office to have the final restoration fit and fastened. The inlay or onlay will be permanently bonded to the tooth to prevent the spread of future decay.
After your inlay or onlay is set, the surface of your tooth may feel a little awkward and will take some time to get used to. The area around the tooth may be sore or sensitive but this will go away after a few days. If cared for properly, your new restoration should last about 10 – 30 years.