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A normal restoration for a tooth filling may need to be switched to an onlay or inlay. Read today’s blog to see why you may need this type of dental restoration.

What is an Onlay?

An onlay is the indirect restoration or filling that is made from a strong, sold substance, fitted to a tooth cavity and then cemented in place – an onlay involves a replacement for a tooth cusp. The procedure involves covering or onlaying over a tooth, where the missing cusp would be normally be situated. The same solid substance as an inlay is used with an onlay, and have the same benefits. Onlays are typically used when the cusp of a tooth is fractured, or the tooth structure left remaining is compromised, which undermines the perimeter walls of the tooth.

What is an Inlay?

A dental inlay is also an indirect restoration or filling that is made from the same substance as an onlay, fitted to a tooth cavity, and then cemented in place. Dr. Sherif Gabr offers both inlays and onlays, and implements gold, porcelain, or sometimes a cured composite resin. The technique includes designing the restoration, after a dental impression of the tooth has been prepared, and is made outside of your mouth. The substitution differs from a traditional soft filling that is placed inside a tooth and then hardened.

Inlays and onlays are custom-fit to your tooth, after being made in a dental laboratory; the dentist will give you a temporary, while the final restoration is being constructed to fit your tooth. You will need to return to Modern Dentistry of New England and have the final prosthesis fitted to your tooth. To learn more about inlays and onlays in Bristol, Connecticut, we welcome you to call us at 860-582-4485 for an appointment