Identified between a regular filling and a full crown, a dental inlay or onlay can fix a damaged or decayed tooth. 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 in a variety of materials — metal, porcelain, and composite resin. General and cosmetic dentist Dr. Dieter Burr can help Merritt Island, FL patients understand fillings, crowns, onlays, and inlays before they make an informed decision about treating their teeth at Merritt Island Center for Dentistry.
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A dental inlay or onlay is a fantastic option when you've got a damaged tooth or a large cavity that's too big to get filled, but does not require the full protection of a crown. At your examination, Dr. Burr will examine your x-rays to decide on the ideal treatment for your needs. When an onlay or inlay is chosen, he will go over the accessible materials which will best suit your needs. You may even talk about whether you'd like a direct restoration (an onlay or inlay created in our office using CEREC technology while you wait) versus an indirect restoration created in a dental lab.
What To Expect
After applying local anesthesia to numb your gums, Dr. Burr will begin by cleaning out regions of decay. Other techniques of sedation may be used in case you experience stress or a powerful gag reflex. When the enamel is cleaned, impressions will be produced from your tooth. If you're getting an indirect restoration, a temporary cover will be set until it is prepared. As soon as your restoration is ready, Dr. Burr will carefully set and then bond it on your tooth. He will polish the borders or adjust the fit so that your tooth is suitably coated and feels right.
If just local anesthesia is used, you should be able to leave following your appointment and get back to your regular activities. You might experience some discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for a few days once your onlay or inlay is placed. Please call Merritt Island Center for Dentistry if you experience any issues following your treatment. Your dental inlay or onlay should be cleaned just like your own teeth using daily flossing and brushing. You need to schedule yearly dental examinations and twice yearly cleanings in Merritt Island Center for Dentistry so Dr. Burr can evaluate the wear and health of the restoration. With proper maintenance, it ought to last for several years before repairing or replacing.
Onlays and inlays are a frequent 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 prior to figuring out your personal expenses. Dr. Burr can personalize your procedure with restoration materials to fit your budget and needs. During your consultative appointment, Dr. Burr will discuss price quotes and payment methods we take, such as low-cost medical financing.
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Restore with Inlays and Onlays
Regardless of whether you select an onlay or inlay, metal or ceramic, indirect or direct, 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 to renew your mouth by making an appointment at Merritt Island Center for Dentistry in Merritt Island, FL. Dr. Burr and his team can help revive your smile and oral health using the very best remedy for your requirements.