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Dental inlays and onlays are dental restorations that can be used to protect and strengthen teeth impacted by decay. These bonded restorations are stronger than dental fillings and are often better suited for treating decay on back teeth. Because they do not require a significant amount of tooth enamel be removed for placement, inlays and onlays may also be used as a more conservative alternative to dental crowns.

If you live in or around Mason, Ohio and would like to learn if inlays or onlays could benefit your smile, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry by calling (513) 813-2716 today to schedule your initial consultation.

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Inlays are placed in between the cusps on the top of teeth. Onlays extend between one or more of the cusps. Outside of placement, these restorations are essentially the same.

Hardin Advanced Dentistry is a metal free practice where only ceramic or porcelain inlays and onlays are offered. In many cases, these restorations can be created with CEREC technology, allowing for a full restoration of strength and function in a single office visit.

Advantages of Inlays and Onlays

Both inlays and onlays are shaped, sized, and colored to fit seamlessly into your smile, allowing them to protect the tooth without impacting the overall appearance of your smile. Because they are bonded directly to your tooth they will not come loose or fall out, making them vastly superior to metal fillings. In addition, these restorations can be placed without the removal of much enamel, allowing them to help protect the integrity of your natural tooth and, when placed by an experienced dentist, inlays and onlays can continue to provide strength and protection for a lifetime.

If you live in or around Mason, Dayton, or the Greater Cincinnati area in Ohio, Southeast Indiana, or Northern Kentucky and would like to learn more about the metal free restorations offered at Hardin Advanced Dentistry, please contact us online or call (513) 813-2716 today to schedule your initial consultation.

Inlays and Onlays Q & A

Why do I need an inlay or onlay instead of a filling?

We will recommend an inlay or onlay instead of a traditional filling due to the size of the lesion and the amount of remaining tooth structure. If too much tooth structure is gone, a direct filling will not hold up as long as a milled inlay or onlay. The chemistry while curing the resin doesn’t allow for as good as a seal against the tooth as a milled restoration. An inlay or onlay will also help to strengthen the tooth.

Why do I need an inlay or onlay instead of a crown?

An inlay or onlay can be thought of as the next restoration in line after a filling. This means a small tooth lesion can be restored with a filling. As the cavities get larger, so do the fillings which is why an inlay or onlay can be the perfect next step. Once the inlays or onlays involve more surfaces of your tooth, a crown would be the next recommended restoration. We would do an inlay or onlay to preserve more tooth structure so we can be more conservative with treatment, and have more options in the future.

Where will the inlay or onlay be made?

The great part about having an inlay or onlay is our ability to mill it in the office with our CEREC. You will not have to wear a temporary and come back to have the inlay or onlay bonded into place.

What material is my inlay or onlay?

Our inlays and onlays are made out of a strong and esthetic porcelain material called e.max or Empress. We have the ability to match the color of your back teeth when fabricating these.

Why choose
Dr. Tara Hardin?

Dr. Hardin is a Las Vegas Institute Fellow, granted only after a minimum of 278 hours of advanced education and experience in aesthetics, physiologic science, and a comprehensive practical examination. Additionally, she is an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, an accreditation granted only to those with superior performance and knowledge in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. These qualifications are compounded by almost two decades of experience and continued education.

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To our current and future patients,

I hope this message finds you and your family in good health. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on everyone, disrupting just about every aspect of our day-to-day lives.

I am happy to announce that Governor DeWine has given dental offices permission to reopen with specific guidelines from both the American Dental Association and the Ohio State Dental Board.

My number one priority is the safety of all my patients and my team members. As such, new protocols have been added to our already extensive universal precautions.

Please watch this video in its entirety so you know what to expect at your next visit:

We look forward to seeing you soon and thank you for your continued loyalty, support, and patience during these unprecedented times.

Sincerely,
Dr. Tara Hardin