Restore Your Teeth with Inlays and Onlays
By Stephen Rogers on October 15, 2012
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used to treat damaged or injured teeth. Inlays and onlays offer many benefits to patients: they add strength to the affected tooth while also restoring its appearance. If you're looking for a Long Island cosmetic dentist who offers all types of dental restorations, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our friendly, experienced dentists at Greater Long Island Dental. We offer a vast array of restorative treatments, including inlays and onlays, for all of your dentistry needs.
What Are Inlays and Onlays Used For?
Inlays and onlays are custom-made to replace damaged portions of teeth and prevent further decay. Inlays and onlays restore the tooth's appearance and function, while relieving you from the pain caused by tooth decay or injury. Inlays are used to treat decay within the cusps, the bumpy structures on the biting surface of the molars. Onlays are used when the damage is more extensive, which is why they are sometimes referred to as partial crowns. Inlays and onlays can also be used to replace existing dental fillings to restore the look of your teeth.
Inlays and Onlays Treatment Process
Generally, the treatment process for receiving inlays and onlays requires two dental visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared by thoroughly cleaning it, removing all decayed areas, and, if replacing an old filling, removing the filling. After the tooth is cleaned, an impression will be made; the impression is sent to a lab where your customized inlay or onlay is made. A temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth while waiting for fabrication of the inlay or onlay.
Why Choose Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays offer a great choice for your restorative dental treatment plan. For those with more severe damage, dental crowns may be a better option. We offer our patients in Long Island dental crowns to restore the health of their damaged teeth. We invite you to schedule a consultation to see which treatment is best for you.
Inlays and onlays remain a popular choice because they are tooth-colored, made of durable porcelain or composite resin, for a perfect blend. Unlike traditional metal fillings, tooth-colored inlays and onlays are virtually unnoticeable. Less tooth needs to be removed for inlay and onlay placement than with metal fillings. Preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible helps to maintain the strength of your teeth. Inlays and onlays can restore the function of your teeth, alleviating pain and allowing you to eat in comfort again. These are just a few of the reasons why our patients are satisfied with their inlays and onlays:
- Restored Appearance: Custom shaded tooth-colored inlays and onlays blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
- Restored Strength: Durable porcelain and composite resin add strength to teeth weakened by decay and other damage.
- Restored Function: Repairing your teeth with inlays and onlays will return your teeth to their former, healthy function. You will be able to eat pain-free again.
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