Inlays and Onlays Overview
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used to repair teeth when you need more than a filling but less than a full crown. They are used to restore broken or decayed teeth, to replace large or fractured fillings, and to enhance your smile by replacing silver fillings. The distinction between inlays and onlays is that onlays are used to cover one cusp or more, whereas dental inlays tend to be used more as a filling between the cusps. Inlays are used as an alternative to fillings for their additional strength. Onlays are used to conserve natural tooth structure when you don't need a full crown. Like fillings and crowns, onlays and inlays can be created with different materials — metal, porcelain, and composite resin. Fellowship-trained cosmetic dentist Dr. Troy Gombert can help Chandler, AZ patients understand crowns, fillings, onlays, and inlays before they make the best choice for treating their teeth.
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Best Candidates for Inlays and Onlays
An inlay or onlay is a fantastic option when you have a cracked tooth or a large cavity that's too big to get filled, but does not require the complete protection of a crown. At your exam, Dr. Gombert may examine your x-rays to decide the ideal method for your needs. If an onlay or inlay is chosen, he will discuss the available materials that will best fit your requirements. You may even talk about whether you'd like a direct restoration (an onlay or inlay created in our office using CEREC technology while you wait) versus an indirect restoration created in a dental lab.
What To Expect with Inlays and Onlays
After applying numbing cream to your gums, Dr. Gombert will begin by cleaning out regions of decay. Other techniques of sedation may be used in case you experience stress or a powerful gag reflex. When the enamel is cleaned, impressions will be produced from your tooth. If you're getting an inlay or onlay made in a dental lab, a temporary cover will be set until it is prepared. As soon as your inlay or onlay is ready, Dr. Gombert will carefully set and then bond it on your tooth. He will polish the borders or adjust the fit so that your tooth is suitably coated and feels comfortable.
Inlays and Onlays Recovery
If just local anesthesia is used, you can leave following your appointment and get back to your regular activities. You might experience mild discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for a couple of days once your onlay or inlay is placed. Please call Dr. Gombert should you experience any issues following your treatment. Your inlay or onlay can be cared for like your own teeth using daily flossing and brushing. You need to schedule yearly dental examinations and twice yearly cleanings at our facility so Dr. Gombert can evaluate the wear and health of the inlay or onlay. With appropriate maintenance, it ought to last for several years before needing to be repaired or replaced.
Inlays and Onlays Insurance Coverage
Onlays and inlays are a common procedure for dental cavities and other issues, so they're generally paid in part by insurance. A team member can talk to your insurer to ascertain your particular policy prior to figuring out your personal expenses. Dr. Gombert can personalize your procedure with restoration materials to meet your budget and needs. At your consultative appointment, Dr. Gombert will discuss price quotes and payment types we accept, such as low-cost medical financing.
Inlays and Onlays
Regardless of whether you pick an onlay or inlay, metal or ceramic, indirect or direct, it is important to deal with a damaged or decayed tooth before it turns into a debilitating and costly issue. Find out more about inlays and onlays to repair your teeth by making an appointment with us in Chandler, AZ. Dr. Gombert and his team can help revive your smile using the very best remedy for your requirements.