What are Inlays and Onlays, and How Do They Work?

Wichita, Kansas, area patients seeking ways to restore their smile can call the team at Dugan Family Dentistry to learn about their options. While composite resin bonding is often used to treat cavities, there are other ways to do so. This includes using inlays and onlays, commonly used by Dr. Steve Dugan to restore a damaged tooth.

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are two types of dental restoration procedures used to repair damage to the teeth. Inlays are used by our dentist when there is damage to the tooth structure, such as tooth decay, while onlays are used when there is more extensive damage, such as a chip or break. Both inlays and onlays are made from either porcelain or composite resin and are custom-made to match the color of your natural teeth.

There are many advantages to choosing porcelain inlays and onlays over traditional dental fillings, including:

  • Increased durability: Inlays and onlays are much stronger than dental fillings and can last up to 30 years with proper care.
  • Better esthetics: Inlays and onlays are made from porcelain or composite resin, which can be color-matched to your natural teeth. This makes them less noticeable than dental fillings, typically made from silver or gold.
  • Enhanced function: Inlays and onlays help to restore the natural shape of the tooth, which can improve chewing function and prevent further damage to the tooth.

If you have damaged teeth, inlays and onlays may be your best option. Talk to your local dental provider to see if this dental restoration is appropriate for your needs.

Find Out if You are a Good Candidate for Inlays and Onlays

Dr. Steve Dugan and his team in Wichita, Kansas, can help patients in and around the communities of Goddard, Maize, and Andale with a wide range of restorative care solutions. If you are interested in finding out more, call (316) 669-4838 to schedule a consultation appointment with our team at 7405 West Central Avenue to discuss your dental needs. The office is currently accepting new and returning patients and families seeking comprehensive dentistry under one roof!