What are Dental Inlays and Onlays?
Classified between a dental filling and a full crown, dental inlays or onlays are restorations used to repair chipped, decayed, or broken teeth. Placed on the biting surfaces of pre-molar and molar teeth, a dental inlay covers the concave center portion of a tooth while an onlay protects the center area plus one or more of a tooth's rounded edges (cusps). Like other dental restorations, inlays and onlays (also known as partial crowns) can be created from a variety of materials, including composite resin, porcelain, and metal. At Cranston Dental Group, our talented dental team is pleased to offer inlays and onlays to meet the needs of our patients and can help you determine whether this treatment option is ideal for your restorative dental needs.
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Who are Candidates for Inlays and Onlays?
A dental inlay or onlay may be an ideal treatment option for patients who have a broken or damaged tooth or a large cavity that is too big for a composite filling but does not need the entire coverage of a dental crown. At your exam, our team will perform a dental exam and use your x-rays to determine the best treatment for your tooth. If an onlay or inlay is recommended, we will go over the available materials that will best suit your needs. Dental inlays and onlays may be created through a direct method (inside the mouth) or indirect method (made in a dental lab).
What is the Treatment Process like?
After numbing your tooth with a local anesthetic, our skilled practitioners will start by removing areas of decay or damaged tooth structure. Once the area is cleaned, we'll take an impression of your tooth and will place a temporary restoration if your inlay or onlay is being made in a dental lab. When your final restoration is ready, our team will carefully place and bond it onto your tooth. We will carefully polish the edges and adjust the fit as needed so your tooth feels smooth and your bite feels even.
How do you care for Your Inlay or Onlay?
Your tooth might feel slightly sensitive or tender for a few days following the placement of your dental restoration. Please contact Cranston Dental Group in the event you experience any issues, like if your bite seems high or your inlay or onlay feels loose. These restorations can be cared for just like your natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing. When you visit Cranston Dental Group for routine preventive dental visits, our team will continually evaluate the health and wear of your inlay or onlay. With appropriate care, your restoration can serve your oral health and function for several years.
Will Insurance Cover Restorative Dentistry?
As common restorative dentistry procedures for treating tooth decay and broken teeth, inlays and onlays are often covered in part by dental insurance. A team member will contact your insurance provider to determine your specific coverage and let you know of any estimated personal costs. To learn about convenient payment options, like low-interest medical financing, please talk with our friendly team at Cranston Dental Group today.
Restore Health and Function to Your Smile
Treating common dental issues like decayed, broken, or chipped teeth early on can help prevent the need for greater, more costly treatment down the road. At Cranston Dental Group, our experienced team offers custom inlays and onlays to help restore function and health to your smile. Schedule your consultation at our state-of-the-art practice in Cranston, IR and learn whether this restorative dentistry option is right for you.