Inlay and Onlays

Maryville and Knoxville TN

What is an Inlay/Onlay?

An inlay or onlay procedure uses either a composite material or porcelain to repair a tooth. Sometimes, damage to a tooth is too far gone for a filling, yet a metal-free dental crown would be too invasive. An inlay involves repairing only the chewing surface of a tooth. An onlay is more extensive, involving the cusps (bumps) of a tooth. Both procedures are completely natural looking since the material used is tooth-colored.

What are the Benefits of an Inlay or Onlay?

Inlays and onlays are a non-invasive, metal-free option to repair a tooth. Dr. Tommy Spears or Dr. Jake Goza use porcelain of exceptional quality to provide you with beautiful, long-lasting results. The results of the procedure will blend in nicely with the rest of your teeth.

Benefits include:

  • Maintains and helps restore structural integrity of a tooth
  • Prevents more costly treatments down the road
  • Helps to preserve natural tooth structure, as opposed to a dental crown
  • Fabricated to be tooth-colored, providing you with beautiful results
  • Durable and long-lasting form of a restoration
  • Strengthens existing tooth structure

The Procedure

Our inlays and onlays at Crestview Dental Care are made of porcelain, which provides a durable solution to your damaged tooth. During the procedure, Dr. Fleschler will remove any unhealthy portions of your tooth, then, take an impression that will be sent to our dental lab. The lab will make the porcelain inlay or onlay to fit your tooth specifically. While your inlay or onlay is being fabricated, you will wear a temporary one that we make right in our office. You will return for a second visit in which Dr. Spears or Dr. Goza will permanently bond the porcelain to your tooth, ensuring a smooth, even bite.

After the Procedure

Once the procedure for your inlay or onlay is complete, caring for your teeth is easy. Continue practicing healthy oral hygiene habits of brushing and flossing daily, plus, visit the dentist routinely for your checkups and cleanings. During these visits, your inlay or onlay will be inspected to ensure it is properly intact and functioning as it should.

To schedule your next visit or your entire family’s next visit with Crestview Dental Care, contact us today! We are happy to care for patients from Knoxville, Maryville and surrounding areas in Tennessee.