Inlays and Onlays

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What is an Inlay or Onlay?

An Inlay is similar to a crown and a filling because it provides support and replaces the hole in the tooth. This will be chosen instead of a filling if a filling does not have enough surface. An inlay or onlay are needed when one of your back teeth decays partially because they complete the tooth, allowing the dentist to conserve more of the original tooth structure. The inlays and onlays can survive for 30 years, strengthening and extending the life of your tooth. Both Inlay and Onlay grasps the cusps or edges of your tooth, but an inlay is attached to the center of the tooth while an onlay is attached to the cusps. The material used at Joseph Lichter D.D.S. is the highest quality available. Both are made from a dental impression that is sent to a laboratory and formed. The new mold is then cemented to the tooth at a second visit. Dr. Lichter’s office continuously strives to offer the best and most reliable patient care available. At Joseph Lichter D.D.S., you’re in good hands with good people.

What should I expect?

An inlay and onlay will take two appointments. During the first appointment, the doctor will take a mold of your tooth with a dental tray. This mold will be sent to a dental laboratory to be formed. Then the doctor may choose to put a temporary cover on the tooth until the following appointment, depending on your situation. This will be discussed with you prior to any action being taken. The dental office will contact you when the inlay or onlay has arrived at the office. Whether you are receiving an inlay or an onlay, at the second appointment the doctor will cement the new structure to your tooth. This will achieve a uniform appearance.

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