Inlays and Onlays
Noble Dental, located at Delray Beach and Wellington in Florida, specializes in providing our clients with friendly oral services.
If you think you need a dental crown or filling, our dentist can repair your teeth using inlays or onlays. Dental inlays and onlays are used when old fillings need to be removed or replaced. A dental inlay is similar to a filling and fits inside the top edges of the tooth. A dental onlay is more extensive and extends over the points of the treated tooth.
At Noble Dental, we work with patients who typically have too much damage or decay in the tooth structure to be successfully treated with a filling, but have enough of the healthy tooth remaining to avoid the need for a crown. Dental inlays repair the chewing surface of your tooth. The dentist may use dental inlays to repair teeth that have other restoration options such as a dental filling. You can have your inlays created of tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin. Our expert dental laboratory creates your dental inlay using the exact specifications of the tooth that needs restoration. The porcelain the lab uses to create your dental inlays will match the shade of your teeth. This allows your dental restoration to blend perfectly. Once your inlays arrive, the dentist will ensure they fit perfectly and then secure them in place.
Many consider dental onlays indirect fillings. These onlays offer patients a stronger, well-fitting and longer lasting repair for tooth decay or other structural damage. While a dental filling is molded during your dental visit, an onlay is created in our dental laboratory before it is fitted and then bonded to a damaged tooth. A dental restoration that requires material to be bonded within the tooth’s center is considered an inlay whereas; restorations involving the entire biting surface or one or more points of a tooth are onlays.
Some Benefits of Onlays:
- Easy Cleaning: Dental onlays are tailored to fit perfectly with minimal preparation. This makes cleaning a dental onlay easier than cleaning a crown.
- Color: A dental onlay is less likely to discolor than a tooth-colored resin filling.
- True Size: A composite filling may shrink while it cures, porcelain onlays will not.
- Natural Tooth Preservation: Dental onlays allow dentists to preserve the healthy tooth structure while restoring the damaged or decayed areas, this allows for functional longevity.
- Stability: Dental onlays are strong and stable. Their superior fit and resilient material makes onlays a great choice, sometimes even strengthening a damaged tooth.
Contact us at (561) 440-3433 to make an appointment with our dentist at Noble Dental for a consultation!