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Do you need to have a filling replaced? An old filling can decay. This is not only a cosmetic issue, but over time can affect the health of your teeth. At The Center for Dental Excellence, our network of dentists offer Inlay and Onlay to our patients.

An inlay is similar to a filling and lies inside the cusp tips of the tooth. They are custom-made to fit the prepared cavity or breakage, and are then cemented into place. An Onlay is a more extensive reconstruction that covers one or more cusps of a tooth. Onlays are indicated in situations where a substantial reconstruction is required. However, more of the tooth structure can be conserved compared to the placement of a crown.

Inlays and Onlays are usually applied in two dental visits. At the first visit, the old filling, or decay, is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the Inlay or Onlay. Your dentist will then make an impression of the tooth, and send this impression to a dental laboratory. This impression will be used by the laboratory to construct a custom-made porcelain, or gold Inlay or Onlay. At this time the dentist will place a temporary sealant on your tooth and schedule a second appointment to remove the temporary sealant and replace it with your custom-made Inlay or Onlay.