Inlays and Onlays Treatment
Leading the Way to a Healthier Smile
Teeth with relatively minor damage or tooth decay may be restored with inlays and onlays treatment. The restoration is typically fashioned from porcelain or composite resin material, making for a very natural look as the color of the restoration can be matched to the patient’s teeth.
At the Michael Bixby Center for Advanced Dentistry, a Red Bank cosmetic dentistry practice, the look, health, and function of the smile and comfort of the patient are at the forefront of everything we do. Here, all of your questions about inlays and onlays can be answered and the optimal treatment can be provided.
Inlays Onlays Treatment
When decay or damage has affected the indented area within top projections of a back tooth, inlays may be the ideal course of treatment. Inlays can also be used to replace old or damaged metal fillings. When decay or damage has affected the top projections, known as the cusps, onlays may be the preferable treatment method. Onlays can help protect more of the healthy tooth structure.
At our state-of-the-art facilities in Red Bank, the treatment for both inlays and onlays is quite similar, usually requiring two office visits. If our trusted dentist, Dr. Michael Bixby, determines inlays or onlays are the correct option during a visit, patients who elect the procedure can expect treatment as below.
First, an impression of the tooth will be taken, followed by the placement of a temporary inlay or onlay to sustain the patient between visits. Meanwhile, the impression is sent to a lab, where an exquisitely customized restoration will be created. During the return visit, the temporary inlay or onlay is removed and the permanent restoration is securely fitted over the tooth.
Inlay and onlay restorations are a favored treatment option due to their durability and natural look when fashioned from porcelain or composite resin. Fortunately for our Red Bank restorative dentistry patients, downtime is not required after the procedure, although the patient may temporarily feel tenderness in the treated area.
Inlays and Onlays Alternatives
If one of your teeth has been damaged by tooth decay or injury, a permanent restoration is needed to preserve and protect the remaining tooth structure. Patients with mild amounts of tooth decay or damage may be better suited to dental fillings. Tooth-colored dental fillings require just one dental visit and the result is very natural looking. For patients with more severe tooth decay, a dental crown may be recommended to provide additional structural support to the tooth. Like inlays and onlays, dental crowns require two visits to the dentist, and are custom made in a lab to fit over the treated tooth. Porcelain crowns offer a durable and beautiful restorative result.
Learn More about Inlays Onlays Treatment
Are you interested in learning more about inlays onlays? If so, please contact our dental practice, based in Red Bank, New Jersey. Our staff would be happy to schedule an appointment for you with Dr. Bixby or answer any questions you might have.