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Cosmetic Dentistry

 

Dental Inlays and Onlays

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When over half of a tooth’s biting surface is damaged, a dentist will often use an inlay or onlay. This allows the damaged portion of the tooth to be replaced with a substance that is durable and attractive. An inlay is similar to a filling in that it is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. Onlays are more extensive, and can be used when one or more cusps are damaged.

Traditionally, inlays and onlays were gold, but advances in dental technology now allows them to be created with durable porcelain or composite resins that match the appearance of the real tooth.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

When over half of a tooth’s biting surface is damaged, a dentist will often use an inlay or onlay. This allows the damaged portion of the tooth to be replaced with a substance that is durable and attractive. An inlay is similar to a filling in that it is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. Onlays are more extensive, and can be used when one or more cusps are damaged.

Traditionally, inlays and onlays were gold, but advances in dental technology now allows them to be created with durable porcelain or composite resins that match the appearance of the real tooth.

Inlay and Onlay Application

Inlays and onlays require two appointments to complete the procedure. During the first visit, the filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. To ensure proper fit and bite, an impression of the tooth will be taken and sent to a lab for fabrication. The doctors will then apply a temporary sealant on the tooth and schedule the next appointment.

At the second appointment, the temporary sealant is removed. Your Westchester dentist will ensure that the the inlay or onlay fits correctly, and adjustments will be made of needed When the fit is satisfactory, the inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished to a smooth finish.

Inlay (Impression)

Inlay (Impression)

Onlay (Impression)

Onlay (Impression)

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