Inlays and Onlays
Dental restorations can range from simple fillings to crowns and caps. In the middle of these extremes are inlays and onlays. An inlay filling is a restoration that is designed to fit in the tooth’s center, while an onlay is a restoration that is used on the cusp of a tooth. The restorations can be made using porcelain, resin or gold, and bonded to the surface of the tooth. Michael Kampourakis D.D.S. offers these procedures and other dental restorations for patients in Suffolk County, NY; Commack, NY; and Smithtown, NY.
About Inlays and Onlays
These restorations are sometimes used as alternatives to dental crowns for damaged teeth. Generally, if a filing is not adequate to repair the damage to a tooth, a porcelain inlay or onlay can be custom designed and adhered to the surface of the tooth to restore the appearance and function of the tooth. The restorations last longer than dental fillings.
Common Questions About Inlay and Onlay Restorations
Is an inlay or onlay right for me?
Ideal candidates for this procedure are patients with moderate decay or damage and a desire for an alternative to a crown or cap. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation.
What is involved in these restorations?
Multiple visits to the dentist are required for this type of restoration. During the initial visit, the tooth is prepared for treatment and an impression is done to create a mold for building the restoration. Some dentists fit patients with a temporary restoration that is worn while the inlay or onlay is fabricated. After the restoration has been custom made, you will need to come back to the dentist to have it bonded to the tooth’s surface.
How to care for inlays and onlays?
Dentists often give special after-care instructions for temporary restorations. You will likely be advised to avoid hard and sticky foods to prevent damage to the temporary restoration. Once the permanent restoration is in place, you can return to your typical diet and oral hygiene habits.
Please contact our office at 631-462-2810 for more information and to schedule an appointment.