Inlays and Onlays in Syosset, NY

Porcelain Inlay and Onlay

Inlays and Onlays: Do You Need One?

Inlays and Onlays are fantastic solutions for removing decay and treating cavities. Any sign that something feels off with a tooth should warrant a trip to your dentist’s office. When it comes to cavities and decay that may require an inlay or onlay, there are a few signs or symptoms you may experience, such as: 

  • Toothache or tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity to touch as well as hot and cold food or beverages
  • Pain with the pressure of biting down
  • Visible holes in the tooth
  • Discolorations, including brown, black, or even white spots on the tooth’s surface
  • Bad breath

Addressing cavities and decay immediately is important - and inlays and onlays can halt its progress. But, if left alone, it can continue to spread and require more complex dental procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do inlays or onlays last?

Inlays and onlays can last for many years. If cared for properly, they may not need to be replaced for 20 - 30 years.

Are inlays better than fillings?

Both inlays and fillings serve a great purpose in dental treatment. Inlays are often used for larger areas of decay that may be too large for a traditional filling. It is worth noting, however, that inlays do tend to be more durable than fillings - especially when it comes to years of chewing - as they don’t fall out as easily at all.

Is an onlay the same thing as a crown?

An onlay and a crown are two different things, though it is sometimes referred to as a partial crown. Onlays only cover the cusp, not the entire tooth as a crown down.