Inlays & Onlays in Lawrenceburg
You have a big filling that needs to be replaced. Do you have to get a full crown? Not necessarily. A more conservative option, inlays and onlays, fit into a tooth similarly to a filling, yet they are milled restorations, like a crown. The bumps on top of a tooth are called cusps. Inlays fit between cusps, while onlays fit over one or more cusps. Inlays and onlays allow a patient to retain more natural tooth structure, which is always best.
Not every situation is right for an inlay or onlay, but Dr. Oyler will assess your problem and determine the best solution for you. Depending on whether they are created in the lab or milled in our office, inlays and onlays may require two appointments. If two visits are required, at the first visit, we prepare your tooth by removing your tooth decay or old filling and cleaning the area. We take a dental impression and send it to our lab where a technician creates a custom inlay or onlay for you. Dr. Oyler determines the best material to use, but in most cases, teeth that show when you smile or speak have a white restoration. Back teeth incur extreme pressure, so a metal inlay or onlay may be indicated. You'll wear a temporary until the lab delivers your final restoration.
At the second appointment, Dr. Oyler removes your temporary and permanently cements the final inlay or onlay into position. After polishing and modifying the restoration as necessary to ensure proper bite alignment, you'll enjoy a stronger, healthier smile for years to come.