Inlays and Onlays

inlays onlaysErie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA

Sometimes, the area of decay in a tooth is too big to be repaired by a filling, but not large enough to require a crown. In these situations, Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, can install a custom inlay or onlay to restore your damaged tooth.

What are inlays and onlays?

Made from top-quality dental porcelain or a composite resin, inlays and onlays preserve your tooth while also protecting the interior structure that includes the nerves and tooth root.

The restored tooth will look great and be stronger than before. Typically, placing an inlay or onlay on a tooth allows the restored tooth to bear up to 50 to 70 percent more chewing force.

Inlays are installed when the area of damage is within the cusps (tiny bumps) of the tooth. In most cases, we can complete an inlay procedure in one trip to our office.

Onlays repair larger areas of damage, up to the entire chewing surface of a tooth, if necessary. Because onlays are larger, they usually involve multiple dental visits. At first, our staff takes an impression of the tooth before the dentist removes the damaged areas. A temporary restoration will be placed to protect your tooth while the permanent restoration is fabricated by the dental lab. Your onlay is permanently bonded to the tooth at a subsequent visit.

You may have heard inlays and onlays referred to as indirect fillings or partial crowns.

The advantages of inlays and onlays

Inlays and onlays are ideal for those intermediate areas of damage, as compared to a crown, which replaces the entire exterior of a tooth.

Inlays and onlays also are less expensive than a crown. The installation procedure, compared to that of a crown, is less intrusive and takes less time. Inlays and onlays also preserve more of the natural structure of your tooth.

To learn more about inlays and onlays, or any of the cosmetic and restorative services we offer, contact the office of Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, by calling (814) 825-2615.

Laser Dentistry of Erie serves Erie, PA and the surrounding areas.