Inlays And Onlays

East Village Dental PC

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Lower East Side, New York, NY

If the expert restorative and cosmetic dentists at East Village Dental in Manhattan’s Lower East Side catch tooth decay or damage in its early stages, they might recommend preventing further damage with inlays or onlays. These unique dental restorations aren’t as invasive as dental crowns and blend in with your natural teeth. This allows you to restore your chewing and biting ability without affecting your confidence or self-esteem. To learn more about inlays and onlays, make an appointment today by calling the New York City office or using the online booking tool.

Inlays and Onlays Q & A

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used in place of traditional dental fillings. If you chip, crack, or damage a tooth, or one of your teeth starts decaying, East Village Dental might recommend an inlay or onlay to improve its appearance and restore its strength. 

Your dentist applies dental fillings during one in-office appointment. However, inlays and onlays require two appointments. At your first appointment, they take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental laboratory.

The dental laboratory manufactures your inlays or onlays and sends them back. At your second appointment, your dentist bonds your inlays or onlays to your permanent teeth. 

What is the difference between inlays and onlays?

Many people use the terms inlay and onlay interchangeably. However, they’re two different things. An inlay is a restoration used to restore damage or decay that affects the center of your tooth.

Onlays, on the other hand, are restorations used to address damage or decay that affects the points, or cusps, on top of your teeth. 

What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays provide a variety of restorative benefits, including: 

  • Superior fit
  • Improved color
  • Easy cleaning
  • Strength and stability

Inlays and onlays also protect weak or damaged teeth, preventing further deterioration from taking place. 

Are inlays or onlays right for me?

To determine the type of dental restoration you’ll most benefit from, make an appointment at East Village Dental. 

Following a discussion of your goals for treatment and a thorough oral exam, your dentist develops a plan to align with your individual needs. 

Depending on the nature of your damage or decay, they might also order a series of oral X-rays to get a closer look at your jawbone and tooth roots. 

How do I care for my inlays and onlays?

You care for your inlays and onlays just like you would your natural, permanent teeth. Brush and floss regularly, visit the dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam, and avoid bad habits like nail-biting or chewing on ice cubes. By following these tips, inlays and onlays can last between 12-15 years. 

Restorations like inlays and onlays can transform your smile. If you’re interested in learning more, call East Village Dental or use the online booking tool today.