Chips and cracks to teeth can really impact your smile. Luckily, the team at Sonrisas Sanas Dental offers natural-looking inlays and onlays to restore damaged teeth. At the New York City office in Elmhurst, Queens, Dr. Ismael Bastida, DDS, and Dr. Jason Bastida, DDS, strengthen weak or vulnerable teeth with tooth-colored filling materials. To learn more about the differences between inlays and onlays, how they work, and the cost, it’s best to come in for a consultation. Call the office or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment to learn about inlays and onlays.
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used to treat mild cases of tooth decay or damage, such as chips, cracks, or fractures. Typically, inlays and onlays are used when the damage isn’t bad enough to warrant a crown or if a filling needs to be replaced.
They’re made of materials — often porcelain or ceramic — which can match the shade of your natural teeth and replace damaged parts of tooth structure, restoring its appearance, shape, and function.
Inlays are often used instead of fillings to fill out the structure of your tooth. The material is bonded to your tooth, which strengthens it.
Onlays are very similar, as they fit inside your tooth and are bonded to it. However, onlays extend over the cusps of your tooth, replacing the chewing surface.
The procedure for inlays and onlays typically requires two visits to the office, with each lasting about one hour.
Inlays and onlays are performed using similar procedures. At your first appointment, your dentist first numbs the treatment area with a local anesthetic. They then remove any decay or damage with a small surgical drill to clean and prep the tooth for the dental inlay or onlay.
Your dentist then takes impressions of the damaged tooth, which they send off to an outside dental lab where the inlay or onlay is custom-made for you. While your inlay or onlay is being made, your dentist creates a temporary restoration for your tooth to protect it until your next appointment.
At the second appointment, your dentist bonds the inlay or onlay to your tooth with a strong resin adhesive before a final polish to ensure a smooth and comfortable fit.
Initially, you may feel some minor discomfort after the procedure. The surface of your worked-on tooth probably feels a bit strange, but within a few weeks you can get used to its look and feel.
The area around the tooth may feel sore or more sensitive, but these types of symptoms should subside on their own after a few days. Over-the-counter pain medication can also help ease your recovery.
If you have a tooth that has suffered damage or you need to have a filling looked at for possible replacement, call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about inlays and onlays.