Classified between a dental filling and a full crown, inlays and onlays are restorations that can treat and strengthen damaged or decayed teeth in the back of the mouth. A dental inlay covers the indented center on the chewing surface of a tooth and onlays (also called partial crowns) cover at least one of the rounded, upper edges (cusps) of a tooth. Like dental crowns and fillings, onlays and inlays can be made in a variety of materials, such as composite resin, porcelain, and metal. Drs. Stephen DeMarco, Diego Miron, Timothy Adams, and Luis Delgado and our experienced team at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons can help Albany, NY patients better understand their options and assist them in making the best choice for restoring oral health.
An onlay or inlay is a fantastic option when you have a chipped tooth or a large cavity that is too big for a simple filling but does not require the entire coverage of a crown. During your examination, our skilled team may use your x-rays to determine the ideal procedure for your needs. If an onlay or inlay is selected, we will explain the available materials that will best fit your dental needs, budget, and cosmetic expectations. Direct (made within the mouth) and indirect (created in a dental lab) inlay and onlay options may be available, depending on your oral care requirements.
What To Expect
After applying local anesthesia to numb your tooth, we will begin the inlay or onlay procedure by removing areas of decay or damaged tooth structure. Stronger methods of sedation may be used if you experience stress or anxiety when receiving dental care or if you have a stronger gag reflex. When the damage or decay is removed, we can then begin the process of placing your inlay or onlay. For indirect restorations, impressions will be taken of the tooth and sent to a professional dental lab for fabrication of your inlay or onlay, and a temporary filling will be placed in the meantime. Composite resin will be used to create your restoration within your mouth if the direct treatment method was recommended for your procedure. Once your restoration is ready, our team will carefully set and bond it on your tooth. The edges will be polished or adjusted to ensure a proper fit and bite and a smooth, comfortable surface.
If just local anesthesia is used, you can leave our office following your procedure and get back to your normal day. Some sedation options require that you take some time to rest before resuming a normal routine. You may experience mild discomfort, inflammation, or sensitivity for a few days after your inlay or onlay is placed. Please call Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons should you experience any concerns following your procedure. Your onlay or inlay can be taken care of just like your own teeth with proper daily brushing and flossing techniques. To keep your new restoration and your oral health in top shape, we recommend that you schedule annual dental exams and twice-yearly cleanings with your general dentist. With proper attention and maintenance, your inlay or onlay can protect and strengthen your tooth for several years.
Inlays and onlays are a common treatment for dental decay and other problems, and they are generally covered in part by dental insurance. We will talk to your insurance provider to determine your specific policy and let you know of any anticipated personal expenses. When you visit our Albany, NY practice for your consultative appointment, we can discuss the payment options we accept and provide information on obtaining patient financing.
Inlays and Onlays
When a tooth becomes damaged or decayed, a dental inlay or onlay may be a great restorative option. However, it is important to treat such a tooth before the damage progresses and leads to a more complex or costly issue. Find out more about inlays and onlays to restore your teeth by scheduling a consultation at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Albany, NY. Our caring team can help improve your oral health and assist you in selecting the best treatment option for your needs.