At Plaza Family Dental in Peoria, AZ, we proudly offer a range of dental treatments to help our patients achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful smiles for life. One of the restorative options we provide is dental inlays and onlays, which provide customized protection for teeth that have been damaged by injury or decay.
What are inlays and onlays?
A type of indirect filling that can be used to repair damage or decay, inlays and onlays are custom-made in a dental lab before being bonded in place. This allows for a more precise and natural-looking restoration that can strengthen a weakened tooth and provide long-lasting protection.
One of the main benefits of dental inlays and onlays is their durability. Because they're made from strong and durable materials like porcelain, they can last for many years with proper care. They're also more resistant to staining and wear than traditional fillings, which can become discolored or worn down over time.
Another advantage is their conservative nature. Unlike dental crowns, which require more tooth structure to be removed, inlays and onlays only replace the damaged or decayed portion of a tooth. This means that more of a tooth’s structure can be preserved, which is important for maintaining its strength and integrity.
How are dental inlays and onlays made?
After your affected tooth has had decay or damage removed, an impression will be taken, which will be used by our lab technicians to create a customized restoration. In the meantime, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. Once the inlay or onlay is complete, it will be bonded to the tooth using a strong dental adhesive.
If you're considering dental inlays or onlays for your smile, call us today to schedule a consultation. We’ll assess your unique needs and help you determine if this restoration is right for you!