If you damage a tooth or develop a cavity, dental restorations like inlays and onlays can prevent further problems and prevent the need for an extraction. At Brooklyn Dental Spa, in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, the team of expert dentists uses inlays and onlays to repair teeth and encourage optimal oral health. To make an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations similar to crowns and fillings. Many people use the words interchangeably, but there are differences:
An inlay is a piece of porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin that covers damaged or decaying enamel on the top of a tooth.
Your Brooklyn City Dental provider applies the inlay to the areas of enamel between the cusps of a tooth (i.e., the bumps and ridges that help break up your food).
An onlay is a piece of porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin that covers the top of your tooth as well as the chewing surfaces (cusps). Your Brooklyn City Dental provider might recommend an onlay to strengthen your tooth and restore your chewing and biting abilities.
At Brooklyn City Dental, getting inlays and onlays takes two visits.
Your provider reviews your dental records and conducts an oral exam to look for enamel damage or decay signs. They also take oral X-rays.
Suppose your provider determines that you can benefit from an inlay or an onlay. In that case, they numb your mouth with a local anesthetic and remove the decaying or damaged portion of the enamel. Then, they take impressions of your tooth and send them to a nearby dental lab.
Last, your provider covers your tooth with a temporary inlay or onlay.
When the lab finishes your inlay or onlay, you return to Brooklyn City Dental.
Your provider numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic, removes the temporary inlay or onlay, and replaces it with the permanent one. Then, your provider polishes your teeth and provides care instructions.
Inlays and onlays last 12-15 years* on average, but you can extend their use with good oral hygiene. Brooklyn City Dental recommends:
You should also visit the dentist twice a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To see if you can benefit from inlays and onlays, make an appointment at Brooklyn City Dental by calling the office or booking online today.
*Individual results may vary.