What’s The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

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If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surfaces may be damaged. One option for restoration is the use of an inlay or onlay made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain from The Dental Design Center in White Plains.

Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has developed.

An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its original dimension.

The procedure begins with a comprehensive evaluation, oral x-ray, and an impression. The damaged area will be removed and then the inlay or onlay will be formed to precisely fit your tooth and bite. While it is being made, your tooth will have a temporary restoration piece to cover and protect the vulnerable area.

Finally, the inlay or onlay will be placed and permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and the placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments to complete the process.

Inlays and onlays from The Dental Design Center in White Plains safeguard the tooth from further degeneration, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous. We offer complete general dentistry, and patients from Scarsdale, Westchester County, and New Castle come here for cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:

914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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