What are dental inlays and onlays?

Restorative dentistry is just one aspect of treatment provided at Edmondson Family Dental Care in Windsor Mill, Maryland. Dr. Jon Edmondson and his team are committed to helping provide conservative treatments whenever possible. In cases where significant damage to a tooth has occurred, but a dental crown would be unnecessary, dental inlays and onlays may be recommended. These tooth inlays are sometimes referred to as “partial crowns.”

What are dental inlays and onlays?

Dental inlays and onlays are restorative treatments used to repair or replace damaged teeth. Inlays fit within the tooth’s cusps (or bumps), and onlays fit over one or more cusps. They are both made from dental materials, such as porcelain, resin-based composite, or gold.

What are the main advantages of inlays and onlays?

Both inlays and onlays are typically used when a tooth is too damaged to be restored with just a filling but not so damaged it needs a dental crown. They offer long-term protection for your teeth since they last longer than traditional fillings. Additionally, they give you an aesthetically pleasing smile due to their natural color matching your existing teeth. Because they are smaller, they are a more conservative option than a dental crown and require less natural tooth enamel removal than crowns.

What can I expect when getting an inlay or onlay from Dr. Jon Edmondson?

At Edmondson Family Dental Care, our team can walk you through the entire process from beginning to end. Inlays and onlays start with a consultation to discuss your needs, goals, and expectations for the treatment. Then, we will take impressions of the affected tooth or teeth to create a custom-made inlay or onlay. At your next appointment, we will place the restoration and ensure it fits correctly before making any final adjustments. With proper care, you can expect your new inlays and onlays to last many years!

Find out if you are a proper inlay or onlays candidate!

We invite you to connect with our office today with any questions about dental inlays and onlays! Our team at Edmondson Family Dental Care of Windsor Mill, MD, looks forward to helping you find the best option for restoring the smile. If you are interested in finding out if inlays and onlays can help restore your natural tooth, call (410) 220-5309 to request a visit with Dr. Jon Edmondson at his state-of-the-art practice at 3100 Lord Baltimore Drive, Suite #210.