Classified somewhere between a dental filling and a crown, inlays and onlays can treat a damaged tooth. Used on the back teeth, a dental inlay covers the concave center of a tooth while an onlay covers the tooth's upper, rounded edges. Like dental crowns and fillings, inlays and onlays can be made in several materials — porcelain, composite resin, and metal. Our experienced dental team can help Chestnut Hill, MA patients better understand tooth-colored fillings, crowns, inlays, and onlays so they can make the right decision about how to treat their tooth. To learn more, contact us at Chestnut Hill Dental to schedule your initial consultation.
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An onlay or inlay is a good choice if you have a chipped tooth or a large cavity that is too big to get filled, but does not need the entire coverage of a crown. During your dental exam, we can use your digital x-rays to determine the best procedure for your tooth. If an inlay or onlay is selected, we will explain the available materials that will best meet your requirements. You can also discuss whether you would prefer a direct restoration (an inlay or onlay made at our office with CEREC technology while you wait) or an indirect restoration made at a dental laboratory.
What To Expect
After applying numbing cream or local anesthesia to the treatment area, we will start by removing areas of decay. Stronger methods of sedation can be used if you have anxiety or a strong gag reflex. Once the tooth is cleaned, impressions will be made of the tooth. If you are receiving a restoration made in a lab, a temporary filling will be placed until it is prepared. Once your onlay or inlay is ready, we will carefully place and bond it onto your tooth. We may polish the edges or adjust the fit so your tooth is properly covered and feels comfortable.
If only local anesthesia was used, you will be able to leave after the procedure and return to your normal day. You may feel some discomfort, inflammation, or sensitivity for several days after your inlay or onlay is placed. Please contact Chestnut Hill Dental in the event you have any concerns after your procedure. Your onlay or inlay needs to be taken care of like your natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing. You should schedule annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings at Chestnut Hill Dental so the health and wear of your onlay or inlay can be assessed. With good care, it should last for many years before replacing or repairing.
Inlays and onlays are a common treatment for dental decay and other problems, so it is usually covered by dental insurance. We will contact your insurance provider to determine your specific coverage before calculating your out-of-pocket costs. Our skilled team can customize your treatment with different materials to match your budget. In your consultation, we will go over cost estimates and payments we accept, including medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Inlays and Onlays
Whether you choose an inlay or onlay, porcelain or metal, direct or indirect, it is important to take care of a decayed or damaged tooth before it becomes a painful and expensive problem. Learn more about onlays and inlays to restore your teeth by scheduling a consultation at Chestnut Hill Dental. Our team will help improve your oral health with the best treatment for your needs.