Dental Inlays and Onlays in New York, NY

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What are inlays and onlays?

Classified somewhere between a regular filling and a full crown, inlays and onlays can restore a damaged tooth. Used on molars and premolars, an inlay covers the indented center of a tooth while an onlay covers the rounded, upper edges of a tooth. Like dental crowns and fillings, inlays and onlays can be made in a variety of materials — composite resin, porcelain, and metal. Our team at Madison Avenue Dentists can help New York, NY patients better understand tooth-colored fillings, crowns, inlays, and onlays so they can make the best choice about how to treat their teeth.

What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?

Our professionals at Madison Avenue Dentists choose conservative dental treatments that preserve the health and appearance of your smile. This is why we recommend inlays and onlays to so many patients. Benefits of this treatment include:

  • Preservation of healthy tooth structure: Inlays and onlays don't require as much preparation of the tooth as a dental crown. This means more of your natural tooth can be preserved.
  • Enhanced durability: Our dentists use strong materials, such as porcelain or metal, during treatment. These materials can last for many years with the proper care.
  • Improved appearance: Inlays and onlays can be made to match the color of your enamel, so they are virtually undetectable.

Who is a good candidate for a dental inlay or onlay?

An onlay or inlay is a good option if you have a cracked tooth or a large cavity that is too big to get filled but doesn't need the complete coverage of a crown. At your dental exam, our team at Madison Avenue Dentists may examine your digital x-rays to pick the best treatment for your tooth. If an onlay or inlay is selected, we will discuss the available materials that will best fit your requirements. You could also talk about whether you'd prefer a direct restoration (an inlay or onlay made at our office with CEREC technology while you wait) or an indirect restoration created in a dental lab. Contact our New York, NY facility for more information.

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What is recovery from indirect fillings like?

If just local anesthesia was used, you will be able to leave following your procedure and return to your normal activities. You may experience mild discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for a couple of days once your onlay or inlay is placed. Please call Madison Avenue Dentists in the event you have any concerns after your procedure. Your inlay or onlay should be cleaned just like your own teeth using daily brushing and flossing. You should schedule annual dental examinations and twice-yearly cleanings in our New York, NY office so we can evaluate the wear and health of your inlay or onlay over time. With appropriate maintenance, it should last for several years before a repair or replacement is necessary.

Preserve and protect your smile

Regardless of whether you pick an onlay or inlay, porcelain or metal, direct or indirect, it is important to take care of a decayed or damaged tooth before it turns into a debilitating and costly problem. Find out more about dental inlays and onlays to restore your mouth by scheduling a consultation at Madison Avenue Dentists in New York, NY. Our dental team will help improve your smile with the very best treatment for your requirements.

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How much do inlays and onlays cost?

The overall cost of inlays and/or onlays can vary from one patient to another due to a variety of factors. Our talented staff will listen to your goals and concerns during your initial consultation in order to create a treatment plan that is completely tailored to your unique needs. Once this plan has been created, we can provide a more accurate estimate of the total price of your treatment.

Are inlays and onlays painful?

No. The vast majority of our patients do not report feeling any pain during or after their treatment. The local anesthetic used may cause some light tingling, and as it wears off, patients may experience some light discomfort for a few hours. However, this is generally considered to be very tolerable.

Can a dental onlay fall off?

It is possible for a temporary dental onlay to fall off of the patient's tooth. This usually occurs when the patient is eating unapproved foods, such as gum or anything sticky. Sticky substances pull at the temporary onlay and can cause it to fall off. This is why we recommend for patients to stay away from these kinds of foods.

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