Inlays and onlays provided at our practice serving the Long Island, NY, area, are made of tooth-colored porcelain that helps strengthen posterior teeth that have been treated for decay. They are usually recommended when a cavity is too extensive for a filling, but not extensive enough for a crown. Drs. Steven M. Katz, Sultan S. Salem, and Dilmarys J. Peña offer these natural-looking restorations to strengthen the structure of the tooth and improve oral health without affecting your appearance. In a simple two-step procedure, we can eliminate decay and conservatively restore your tooth.
Inlays and Onlays: What is the Difference?
Inlays and onlays are a restorative treatment for moderate decay that affects the surface of a molar. If the chewing surfaces of the tooth have suffered decay, an inlay can repair these surfaces after the decay has been removed. Onlays, on the other hand, are used to repair the cusps of the tooth, or the outer edges of the chewing surface.
Inlays and onlays are a restorative treatment for moderate decay that affects the surface of the tooth.
How are These Different from Fillings?
The primary similarity between fillings and inlays and onlays is that they are both used to restore a tooth damaged by decay. Fillings, which consist of tooth-colored resin, are used when the decay is minimal. Inlays and onlays are made of porcelain, and are recommended when decay affects a larger portion of the tooth. Your dentist will recommend a crown if an inlay or onlay cannot provide sufficient repair.
How are Inlays and Onlays Placed?
Your doctor will first thoroughly examine the tooth to determine if an inlay or onlay is appropriate. Once your doctor decides an inlay or onlay is needed, he or she will remove the decay from your tooth. Then we will take an impression of your tooth and send it to an off-site dental lab for the production of your inlay or onlay. Your doctor will place a temporary restoration to protect your tooth in the meantime.
When we receive your inlay or onlay, you will return and your doctor will remove the temporary restoration. We will thoroughly clean your tooth and then bond your custom-made inlay or onlay in place. Your doctor may make minor adjustments to ensure your bite is not affected. The restoration will closely match the rest of your tooth for a natural appearance.
What are the Benefits of Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are a more conservative option than dental crowns. We make the preservation of healthy dental tissue a priority, and will only recommend extensive treatment when absolutely necessary.
Inlays and onlays restore strength and function to a compromised tooth. Each restoration we provide is customized to blend with your tooth so there are no silver or gray spots affecting the appearance of your teeth. In addition to improving your oral health, tooth-colored materials make your teeth look healthy as well.
Do You Need an Inlay or Onlay?
If you are suffering from symptoms of tooth decay, contact our office right away to schedule an appointment. We can determine which restorative treatment is right for you and eliminate the decay that is causing your discomfort. Your restoration will look and feel natural, so you can feel confident in both your health and your appearance.