If the experienced dentists at Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry detect tooth decay or damage in its early stages, they might recommend preventing further damage with inlays or onlays. These unique dental restorations aren’t as invasive as dental crowns and blend in with your natural teeth. This allows you to restore your chewing and biting ability without affecting your confidence or self-esteem. If you live in or around New York City and want to learn more about inlays and onlays, make an appointment by calling the Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry location in Greenwich Village, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill, or the Upper East Side of Manhattan, or book one online today.
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used in place of traditional dental fillings. If you chip, crack, or damage a tooth, or one of your teeth starts decaying, your dentist might recommend an inlay or onlay to improve its appearance and restore its strength.
Your Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry provider applies dental fillings during one in-office appointment. However, inlays and onlays require two appointments.
At your first appointment, your provider takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a dental laboratory. The dental laboratory manufactures your inlays or onlays and sends them back to Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry. At your second appointment, your provider bonds your inlays or onlays to your permanent teeth.
Many people use the terms inlay and onlay interchangeably. However, they’re two different things. An inlay is a restoration used to restore damage or decay that affects the center of your tooth. Onlays, on the other hand, are restorations used to address damage or decay that affects the points, or cusps, on top of your teeth.
Inlays and onlays provide a variety of restorative benefits, including:
Inlays and onlays also protect weak or damaged teeth, preventing further deterioration from taking place.
To determine the type of dental restoration that will most benefit you, make an appointment at Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry. Following a discussion of your goals for treatment and a thorough oral exam, your provider develops a plan to align with your individual needs. Depending on the nature of your damage or decay, your dentist might also order a series of oral X-rays to get a closer look at your jawbone and tooth roots.
You care for your inlays and onlays just like you would your natural, permanent teeth. Brush and floss regularly, visit the dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam, and avoid bad habits like nail-biting or chewing on ice cubes. By following these tips, inlays and onlays can last between 12-15 years.
Restorations like inlays and onlays can transform your smile. If you’re interested in learning more, call Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry or use the online booking tool today.