Inlays and onlays are similar to tooth-colored fillings, but they can cover a more extensive area of decay or physical trauma than a filling can. We can create your dental inlay or onlay from gold, porcelain, or composite resin, depending on your aesthetic preferences and smile needs.
What is the difference between an inlay and an onlay? An inlay is fashioned to fit the center of the tooth, but an onlay extends to the outside cusps of the tooth. Both inlays and onlays are bonded in the same way, and both can safeguard your teeth for years!
Am I a Candidate for an Inlay or Onlay?
If you have tooth damage that may be too sizable for a simple filling, but you want to avoid covering your tooth with a dental crown, you may be a candidate for an inlay or onlay. You can learn more about your options by scheduling a complimentary consultation with Dr. Marcy Schwartzman, DMD.
Inlay or Onlay Placement
Your dentist will prepare your tooth for the inlay or onlay by removing decay and bacteria. We will take impressions of your teeth so that we can create a restoration that mirrors the shape and color of your true smile. If your appointment requires more than a single visit, our team can create a temporary restoration for you.
When your inlay or onlay is ready, the doctor will permanently and gently bond the restoration to the tooth. You should not experience pain or discomfort because we will administer a numbing anesthetic prior to the procedure.
Post-Treatment Care: Inlays and Onlays
If you are wearing a temporary inlay or onlay, remember to avoid sticky or hard foods until you receive your permanent restoration. Use caution while brushing, flossing, and rinsing because a temporary restoration is not as stable as a permanent one.
Once you receive your permanent inlay or onlay, life should return to normal. There is little to no recovery involved with an inlay or onlay procedure. You can begin eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth within hours after your appointment time.