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Restore Your Smile with Inlays and Onlays

Broken or damaged teeth can have a serious effect on your self-esteem and your oral health. They can also be extremely painful and make it difficult to properly clean your teeth. With a custom inlay or onlay from Twin Aspen Dental Center in Parker, CO, you can restore your broken tooth and smile with confidence.

3d render of teeth with different types of filling

What Are Inlays?

Inlays are a type of dental restoration used to fill the space that is left by a cavity or the interior cusp of your tooth fracturing. They are typically used for injury or damage that is confined to the tooth’s biting surface. Inlays can be used to replace worn-out dental fillings, and they are more durable than their traditional counterparts. They are also custom-crafted to fit your individual tooth, ensuring that your inlay looks and feels completely natural.

What Are Onlays?

Onlays are similar to inlays, with a few key differences. They are also custom-made to restore broken or damaged teeth; however, onlays are used when the damage is not restricted to a tooth’s biting surface. An onlay can extend past the biting surface to cover the exterior area of the tooth. In addition to restoring the appearance of a compromised tooth, both onlays and inlays can protect your smile from future infection and decay.

3d cad model of human tooth

The Inlay/Onlay Process

Your inlay or onlay process will begin with a consultation. Your dentist will examine the affected tooth and determine which type of dental restoration would be best for your needs. They will then use a Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic, or CEREC, machine to create 3-D computer-assisted designs of your teeth. After the machine evaluates your results, it will utilize computer-aided manufacturing to craft a customized onlay or inlay that will fit perfectly in your natural tooth.

Your inlay or onlay will be made of porcelain that will be shaded to match the color of your pre-existing smile to ensure a seamless finish. Once the inlay or onlay has been fabricated, your dentist will bond the material to your tooth with a professional-strength solution to guarantee that your new dental restoration will stay put. When using CEREC, the entire process can be completed in just one appointment.

Caring for Onlays and Inlays

Your dentist will advise you on the ideal method to care for your new onlay or inlay. For the most part, you’ll only need to keep up with your comprehensive dental hygiene routine. Be sure to maintain your brushing and flossing regimen and try to avoid chewing hard or sticky foods with your inlay or onlay. While they are more durable than standard tooth fillings, protecting your onlay or inlay from damage is the best way to ensure that your smile stays in pristine condition.

Contact Us Today!

With our professional onlays and inlays at Twin Aspen Dental Center in Parker, CO, you can preserve the integrity of your smile and your oral health. For more information on our comprehensive dental solutions or to schedule an appointment, call (303) 841-7466.