Restore Your Tooth's Structure with Dental Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays protect and strengthen a tooth after decay or trauma. These restorations are larger than dental fillings and smaller than dental crowns, so they can restore a tooth's function and appearance while preserving as much of its natural structure as possible. At Greater Long Island Dental, we create your dental inlays and onlays using our laboratory or our in-office CEREC® milling machine. Because they are made outside of your mouth according to detailed impressions of your teeth, your inlay or onlay will be customized to fit precisely and naturally with your natural teeth. To learn more about dental inlays and onlays, contact our Long Island office today.
Dental inlays are placed on the biting surface of a tooth, between its cusps or edges. Unlike traditional amalgam metal fillings, inlays are made from tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin so they blend seamlessly with your smile.
Before your restoration can be designed, your dentist will remove any decay from your tooth. This ensures that your cavity will not return underneath your inlay. Next, we will take detailed impressions of your teeth to use in the creation of your inlays. Inlays can be crafted in our dental laboratory or using our in-office CEREC® milling machine. The CEREC® system creates digital impressions of your teeth and designs customized restorations that are fabricated right in our office.
Dental onlays are much like dental inlays, but they fit over the cusps of a tooth in addition to its biting surface. Sometimes referred to as partial crowns, dental onlays still offer a more conservative restorative option than dental crowns. They can restore a large amount of decay on your tooth while still preserving the strength and integrity of its natural structure. Dental onlays can also be crafted in our dental laboratory or CEREC® machine using detailed impressions of your smile.
The Placement Process
Once your dental inlay or onlay has been crafted, your dentist will check that it fits properly within your tooth. Next, your restoration will be bonded in place, where it is immediately functional. Because they are made with exacting precision, dental inlays and onlays often fit more snugly than traditional fillings and actually save more of your natural tooth.
Benefits of Dental Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays can restore a smile after decay, trauma, or an unsuccessful traditional filling. Inlays and onlays:
- Can often be fabricated and placed in a single office visit using our CEREC® machine
- Require less drilling and reduction of your natural tooth than traditional fillings
- Are made from high-quality materials that blend with your natural teeth, meaning they are virtually invisible against enamel
- Are extremely durable and resistant to chips, cracks, and loosening
An inlay or onlay can restore your bite's function and oral health, and allow you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment
Our dentists can determine which type of restoration is right for you during a consultation. To schedule an appointment and learn more about dental inlays and onlays, contact Greater Long Island Dental today.
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