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An extensive fracture or decayed tooth need not be extracted, if the dentist thinks it can be fixed with an inlay or onlay. Read on to see if you might benefit from this restoration.

Dental Inlays

You may not have heard of a dental inlay, since it’s not a typical restoration; however, it’s a good thing to learn about, since it can save a traumatized tooth. A dental inlay is otherwise known as an indirect restoration or filling that consists of a strong, sold substance fitted to a tooth cavity and then cemented in place. At Creekside Family Dental, the materials we use for an inlay comprise either gold or porcelain, or sometimes a cured composite resin. The procedure includes designing a restoration outside of your mouth, and after a dental impression of the tooth has been prepared. It replaces a traditional soft filling made from amalgam or composite, and is placed inside a tooth, where it hardens.

Dental Onlays

Such as with an inlay, an onlay includes a replacement for the cusp of a tooth, covering or onlaying a tooth, where the missing cusp would be placed. We use the same type of solid substance as an inlay and have the same benefits as an inlay. Onlays are typically used when the cusp of a tooth is fractured, or the tooth structure left remaining is threatened, undermining the perimeter walls.

Fabricated in a dental laboratory, Inlays and onlays are customized to fit your tooth, and while waiting, the dentist will place a temporary. A follow-up visit is then required to fit the final prosthesis. For more information and to make an appointment with Dr. Meredith McClay for onlays in Medford, Oregon, we invite you to contact us at 541-210-9661.