Inlays and onlays are two types of indirect fillings. An indirect filling means that it is fabricated in a dental lab out of gold, porcelain, or resin before being cemented into the mouth. An inlay is a filling that fits into the grooves of a chewing surface. An onlay is larger than an inlay and extends over the chewing surface, as well as over one or more of the tooth’s cusps.
Did You Know?
When a tooth is damaged or decayed to the point where a composite filling is not enough to adequately restore the tooth, an inlay or onlay can be used instead of a dental crown. This helps to preserve more of your natural tooth structure.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for an inlay or onlay?
You may be a candidate for an inlay or onlay if your tooth is damaged and/or decayed to the point where a composite filling is not enough to adequately restore it, but not to the point where a dental crown is needed. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for an inlay or onlay, schedule a consultation with our Flushing, Queens dentist at New York Dental Solutions today.
What can I expect when having an inlay or onlay placed at New York Dental Solutions?
When having an inlay or onlay placed at New York Dental Solutions, you can expect to be given a local anesthetic that numbs the treatment area. Then, our dentist will remove any decayed, damaged tooth structure and prepare your tooth to receive the inlay or onlay. Once the tooth has been prepared, a dental impression will be taken of your mouth.
Inlays and onlays take one or more appointments for placement. Because of this, you may be fitted with a temporary restoration to wear while your custom fabricated inlay or onlay is fabricated at a dental lab. When the restoration is complete, then it will be cemented in place.
What can I expect after having an inlay or onlay placed?
Between your first and second appointments, you will be fitted with a temporary restoration. While wearing this temporary restoration you will temporarily need to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth in order to prevent the veneers from being damaged or dislodged. Once your permanent inlay or onlay has been placed, you can resume your normal routine of brushing and flossing daily, and scheduling regular dental exams.