Dental Inlays and Onlays Overview
A dental inlay or onlay can repair a damaged or decayed tooth when the amount of tooth structure involved requires less than full crown coverage. Used on molars and pre-molars, an inlay covers the indented middle of a tooth and onlays cover the rounded, upper edges of a tooth. Like dental fillings and crowns, onlays and inlays can be created using a variety of materials — metal, porcelain, and composite resin. Board-certified dentist Dr. Robert Porter can help Richardson, TX patients understand fillings, crowns, onlays, and inlays before they make an informed decision about restoring their teeth at Robert L. Porter Dentistry.
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Best Candidates for Dental Inlays and Onlays
A dental inlay or onlay is a good option when you have a damaged tooth or a large cavity that's too big for a conventional filling, but does not require the full protection of a crown. At your examination, Dr. Porter will examine your teeth and x-rays to determine the ideal treatment for your needs. If an onlay or inlay is chosen, he will go over the available materials that will best suit your needs. Dr. Porter is pleased to be able to offer direct restorations (an onlay or inlay created in our office using CEREC technology while you wait).
What To Expect from Dental Inlays and Onlays
inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide) is available for patients with dental anxieties. After you are comfortable and the tooth is numb, Dr. Porter will begin by cleaning out regions of decay. When the damaged tooth is cleaned, impressions will be produced from your tooth. Dr. Porter can use the impressions to design and mill your restoration with his in-office CEREC machine when the direct approach is indicated. In cases when the indirect approach is indicated, you will receive a temporary restoration for a short period while the permanent restoration is being fabricated. When your restoration is ready, Dr. Porter will carefully bond it to your tooth. He will polish the borders or adjust the fit so that your tooth is properly covered and feels smooth.
Recovery from Dental Inlays and Onlays
Following your appointment, you should be able to get back to your regular activities. Your dental inlay or onlay should be cleaned just like your own teeth using daily flossing and brushing. You need to schedule twice yearly dental examinations and cleanings at Robert L. Porter Dentistry so Dr. Porter can evaluate the wear and health of the restoration. With proper maintenance, it should last for several years before it needs repairing or replacing.
Insurance Coverage for Dental Inlays and Onlays
Onlays and inlays are a common procedure for dental cavities and other damage, so they are generally paid in part by insurance. Our office can talk to your insurer to ascertain your particular policy coverage. During your consultative appointment, a member of our team at Robert L Porter Dentistry will discuss fees and payment methods we take, including low-cost dental financing.
Inlays and Onlays
Regardless of whether you get an onlay, inlay, tooth-colored filling, or crown, it is important to treat a damaged or decayed tooth before it turns into a debilitating and costly issue. Find out more about dental inlays and onlays by making an appointment at Robert L. Porter Dentistry in Richardson, TX. Dr. Porter and his team can help revive your smile and oral health using the very best restoration for your needs.