What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Classified as somewhere between a tooth-colored filling and a crown, inlays and onlays are used to treat damaged teeth. Used on premolars and molars, an inlay covers the concave center of a tooth whereas an onlay covers the tooth's rounded, upper edges. Similar to dental fillings and crowns, inlays and onlays can be made out of porcelain and composite resin. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Edward Knight can help you better understand crowns, fillings, inlays, and onlays so you can make an informed decision about how to treat your teeth at Knight Dental Care.
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What can I expect after treatment?
If only local anesthesia was used, you will be able to leave following the procedure and get back to your regular activities. You may experience mild discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for several days once your onlay or inlay is placed. Please contact Knight Dental Care in the event you experience any concerns following your treatment. Your onlay or inlay should be cleaned just like your own teeth with daily brushing and flossing. You need to schedule annual dental exams and twice yearly cleanings in Knight Dental Care so Dr. Knight can evaluate the wear and health of the onlay or inlay. With appropriate maintenance, it ought to last for many years before replacing or repairing.
What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are useful because they are more durable than dental fillings and preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. Patients at Knight Dental Care prefer inlays and onlays because they are less noticeable than dental crowns and can be used to restore teeth with a great deal of damage. Additional benefits include:
- Conservative treatment option
- A durable alternative to crowns
- Long-lasting outcomes
- Natural-looking results
Who Can Get an Inlay or Onlay?
A dental inlay or onlay is a good choice if you have a damaged tooth or a large cavity that is too big to get filled but doesn't require the full protection of a crown. At your examination, cosmetic and general dentist Dr. Knight will examine your x-rays to determine the best method for your tooth. If he thinks an inlay or onlay is best, he will explain the available materials that will best fit your requirements. If you have questions about inlays or onlays, feel free to call our Midland, MI office today; our friendly staff is waiting to help you smile.
What is the Procedure for Getting an Inlay or Onlay?
After applying a numbing cream or local anesthesia to the treatment area, Dr. Knight will begin your procedure by removing any decay. If necessary, stronger techniques of sedation may be used if the dentist stresses you or you have a powerful gag reflex. Once the tooth is cleaned, impressions will be made. While your inlay or onlay is being made, a temporary cover will be placed until it is prepared. As soon as your onlay or inlay is ready, Dr. Knight will carefully set and then bond it onto your tooth. He will polish the edges or adjust the fit so your tooth is suitably covered and fits comfortably.
Inlays and Onlays FAQs
How much do inlays and onlays cost?
The exact price of inlays and onlays can vary from one patient to another depending on a wide range of factors. For an accurate cost estimate, we recommend scheduling a consultation with a member of our staff so we can perform an in-depth analysis of your teeth, create a custom plan, and provide detailed pricing information.
Are inlays and onlays better than fillings?
Generally, inlays and onlays are considered to be a better option in comparison to tooth-colored fillings. This is due to their reputation as being stronger, more durable, and less susceptible to stains.
How long do inlays and onlays last?
With proper dental hygiene, most inlays and onlays can last for about 10 – 15 years. This makes them a great long-term option for patients with damaged teeth, who would like something a bit more reliable than a filling.
Inlays and Onlays
It's important to treat damaged or decayed teeth before they turn into a painful and expensive problem. Learn more about how dental inlays or onlays at Knight Dental Care can be a great option to restore your teeth by making a consultation at our Midland, MI office. Cosmetic and general dentist Dr. Edward Knight and his team will help revive your smile and oral health using the very best treatment for your needs. To schedule your appointment or if you have questions about cost, insurance, and financing, call our friendly office today.
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