When the damage to your tooth requires more treatment than a filling but does not necessarily need a dental crown, an inlay or an onlay may be the ideal solution. Inlays and onlays are often referred to as indirect fillings. Similar to fillings, they restore the shape of your tooth after decay has been removed. However, unlike dental fillings, inlays and onlays are not shaped directly on your tooth. Rather, they are made from molds of your smile once decay has been removed, and then are permanently attached. In Bristol, Florida, inlays are used to cover a large portion of the inside of your tooth’s surface, while an onlay extends to repair a portion of the cusp, or pointed portion of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays provide a happy medium to tooth restoration. One of the biggest advantages of using inlays and onlays is that we do not have to remove as much of your original tooth structure as with other forms of dental restorations. Dr. Laban and Dr. Monica Bontrager will work hard to make sure your inlay or onlay fits perfectly and looks great. We invite you to learn more about inlays and onlays by calling our dentists at Bristol Dental Clinic today. We are eager to restore the health and beauty of your smile!