5615 Valley Ave. E., Tacoma, WA 98424
Dental Inlays And Onlays
Professional dental inlays and onlays from a prosthodontist in Fife
Our Fife office offers several expertly applied tooth restoration procedures including inlays and onlays. These restorations, also known as indirect fillings, are made of porcelain, composite resin or gold and are cemented into a cavity or damaged area of the tooth in order to replace the missing or defective tooth structure. They differ from traditional composite or amalgam fillings because they are typically used for larger fillings and they are made in a dental lab rather than chairside during your appointment.
What is an inlay?
An inlay is an indirect filling that fits within the grooves between the cusps (or points) of your tooth. It is generally used when the damage or cavity is relatively minor.
What is an onlay?
An onlay is a larger indirect filling that fits within the grooves of your tooth but also wraps the cusps, covering the entire chewing surface of the tooth. The onlay can be extended to cover several teeth and is used when the damage is more extensive.
What is the process for getting an inlay or onlay?
First, we will prepare your tooth for the procedure by cleaning out any decay and removing any damaged sections. Next, we will use a small camera to take a digital 3D dental impression of your tooth. This will be sent to the dental lab where Dr. Keith Phillips will oversee the creation of the inlay or onlay.
The permanent inlay or onlay will then be cemented to the affected area and then polished to ensure it is comfortable, looks natural and doesn’t interfere with your bite.
To ensure you have the best possible patient care and results, our dental team will work with you to develop a comfortable and effective treatment program that prioritizes your dental health goals. For more information on inlays and onlays or to book an appointment, please contact us today.