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Dental Inlays & Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are dental procedures that can help resolve damage or decay through a unique restoration technique that strengthens teeth instead of weakening teeth, like many other techniques.
A dental inlay is a prosthetic that can be placed in the grooves of or on top of your tooth to strengthen the tooth. This makes it easier for people to bite or chew, and improves the aesthetic appearance of your mouth and smile. Most often dental inlays are made of ceramic, porcelain, or gold.
Dental onlays help reinforce the structure of a tooth. Oftentimes, onlays are made of the same type of filling as inlays and extend to the edge of the tooth. A crown is an example of an onlay, as it covers the whole surface of the tooth. Patients who receive onlays oftentimes are able to improve their ability to chew and bite after their tooth or teeth are reinforced.
At Platt Family Dentistry, we offer a wide range of services, from cosmetic to restorative dentistry. From Dayton, to across the country and internationally, we welcome all patients to experience outstanding customer service and tailored treatment plans. If you are scheduled for an inlay and onlay procedure, or if you would like to ask our staff any questions about this procedure or schedule an appointment, please contact us today.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
Whether you need an inlay or an onlay, the process is nearly identical. Your dentist will begin by removing the decay in order to assess the damage. Once they determine whether an inlay or onlay is more appropriate, they will make an impression of your teeth for a technician to use to make your inlay or onlay. During your second visit, your dentist will confirm you are satisfied with the look and feel of the inlay or onlay before they bond it to your teeth.
Benefits of Inlays & Onlays
An inlay or onlay procedure can have many benefits, including the following:
- More cost effective than crowns or fillings
- Comfortable and secure fit
- Easy to clean surrounding area and prevent future decay
- Preserves the healthy part of your natural tooth or teeth
It is important that your work with your dentist to determine if inlays or onlays are right for your specific concern. Your dentist will likely recommend inlays or onlays in most cases where less than 50 percent of the tooth needs replaced.
Caring For Your Mouth After Inlays & Onlays
Following your Inlays and Onlays procedure, it will not be necessary to make any significant changes to your overall dental maintenance or make any dramatic changes to your diet, but to maintain the longevity of your procedure and help assure you will not need additional oral health maintenance in the near future, it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits.
By following these best practices, you will be taking an important step to ensuring that you maintain a strong and healthy smile.
- Brush and floss at least twice daily. When you do brush your teeth, be sure to do so for at least two minutes. Many people do not spend enough time brushing, or attending to cleaning other areas of the mouth, such as the tongue. If you happen to have an aversion to flossing, talk to your dentist about flossing alternatives, such as interdental brushes or flossing picks.
- Be mindful of your diet. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, avoid eating foods high in start or drinking sugary liquids. If you do consume sugar liquids, use a straw to limit the amount of sugar that is exposed to your teeth. It is also best practice to drink water after every meal and swish water to remove deposits of food.
- Schedule visits every six months or more for those with periodontal issues. Besides practicing good oral hygiene habits and being mindful of your diet, the best thing you can do to preserve and improve your oral health is to visit your dentist or periodontist every six months. Doing so allows your dentist to perform a deep cleaning with specialty tools, monitor the status of any procedures you have had performed, and perhaps most importantly, address potential issues before they develop.
Cost of Dental Inlays & Onlays
The final cost of your procedure will be determined by a variety of factors, such as the severity of your case and what type of dental plan you are currently enrolled in. Our office does accept cash, most major credit cards, money orders, and personal checks.
If you have concerns about the extent of care required and would like to discuss alternate financial arrangements, please feel free to contact our office to discuss CareCredit. CareCredit helps patients pay for procedures and treatments that are not covered by insurance by offering low minimum monthly payments and No Interest* financing so you can get what you want, when you want it. Applying for Care Credit only takes three simple steps and can provide instant approval.
If you have any additional questions regarding payments, dental insurance coverage, or available financial options, please contact our office and we will be happy to help
For Beautiful, Healthy Smiles, Contact Us Today!
At Platinum Dentistry, we believe a healthy smile is a beautiful smile, which is why we provide an array of dental treatments to cater to health as well as aesthetics. Our practice utilizes world-class labs that create customized restorations to restore the structure and beauty of your teeth. We take the time to explain and educate our patients about the importance of health care and answer any questions you may have about treatment so you can make the best decision for your smile.
With our attention-to-detail for providing high aesthetic results to restoring the health of patients’ teeth and gums, at Platinum Dentistry you are in experienced hands. Take your first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile today and schedule an appointment by contacting our office by phone at 937.293.3402 or fill out our online form.