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Inlays & Onlays

Before and after tooth colored onlayDr. Voller is committed to practicing conservative dentistry—that is, dentistry that helps you conserve as much of your healthy, natural tooth structure as possible. That’s why, at our Kittanning and Pittsburgh offices, we offer inlays and onlays. Both are options that let you resolve issues with decay and improve your oral health, all while conserving more of your smile’s natural structure.

What are the Differences between an Inlay and An Onlay?

The primary difference between an inlay and an onlay is that they’re placed in slightly difference areas. Patients who need to have a restoration placed between the bumps on top of a tooth—which are called cusps—will receive an inlay. Patients, meanwhile, who need a restoration that fits over one or more cusp will receive an onlay. The material a patient’s restoration will be made of depends on where it’s being placed.

Conserving Your Smile with Inlays and Onlays

Not every patient is a candidate for inlays or onlays. That’s why a consultation appointment with Dr. Voller is so important. During your appointment, Dr. Voller will assess your problem and determine the solution that’s right for you.

If an inlay or onlay is right for you, the entire process will take at least two appointments to complete. During your first appointment, we’ll prep your tooth by removing old filling material or decay from the area we’ll be working with and cleaning it. Then, we’ll take an impression of your tooth and send it to our lab, where a technician will handcraft your custom-made restoration.

When your conservative procedure has been completed, you’ll come back to our Kittanning or Pittsburgh office for your second appointment. During this time, we’ll remove your temporary inlay or onlay and put your permanent one in place. Then, Dr. Voller will finish by making any minor adjustments that might be needed to ensure proper bite alignment, resulting in a strong, healthy smile that will last for years to come.