What are dental inlays and onlays?

Dental inlays and onlays are custom-made restorations used to repair decayed or damaged teeth. Inlays fit inside the cusps of a tooth, while onlays cover one or more cusps. They are created from materials such as composite resin, porcelain, gold, or other materials used in dentistry. Both can be used to replace large portions of tooth structure that cannot be restored with standard fillings alone. In fact, Dr. Bridget Lervick of Edina, Minnesota, may recommend inlays and onlays as a more conservative option than crowns.

How long will my inlays and onlays last?

Inlay and onlay restorations provide vital support to your teeth and may last up to ten years or longer with proper care. It is important that you visit Grandview Center for Dentistry regularly to have your restorations evaluated to ensure they are in good working order. If they are loose, old, or stained, Dr. Lervick may recommend replacement.

What can I expect when I get inlays and onlays?

First, Dr. Lervick will evaluate your natural tooth to determine if you are a good fit for inlays and onlays versus composite resin fillings or porcelain dental crowns. The area of decay is prepared with the removal of the decayed tooth enamel. Then impressions are made and used to create the final restorations, which are bonded in place. Our team will ensure your restoration fits perfectly and matches the shape, size, and color of your other teeth so it looks natural when you smile. Once complete, patients are given aftercare instructions to extend the longevity of their inlays and onlays over time.

How do I know if I’m a good fit for inlays and onlays?

If you are unsure if a tooth overlay is suitable for your tooth repair situation, it is best to connect with Dr. Bridget Lervick and her Grandview Center for Dentistry team. If you live in Edina, MN, call (952) 955-4505 and visit us at 5201 Eden Avenue, Suite #120. The office is open to new patients in and around Minnetonka, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, and Richfield, MN.