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Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are a form of indirect restoration. The restorative piece is made outside of the mouth prior and then cemented into the tooth to fit the cavity. These are commonly confused with cavity fillings which are filled into the cavity on the first visit.


This procedure normally takes two appointments to complete. This first appointment your tooth will be examined and cleaned to remove any plaque and stop the tooth from decaying. Much of the procedure is the same as receiving a crown although less of your tooth will have to be drilled to fit and inlay/ onlay. The dentist will then take a mold of your tooth either by x-ray or by a putty like material which will allow the dentist to mold your filling and a temporary filling will be placed into your tooth to protect it till your next visit. 


You will receive your permanent filling your second appointment. The doctor will bond the inlay/onlay to your tooth by a type of permanent cement.


Inlays/Outlays are strong and require no more special care than a regular tooth. As long as you continue to properly brush your teeth  and floss the Inlay/ Outlay will remain in fine condition.