We’ll Fix Your Tooth
So It Looks Like New
If you’re suffering from a large cavity or a tooth that’s fractured or broken, you’re probably in pain and eating could be difficult. You want someone to fix your tooth and make the pain go away as quickly as possible.
In cases where the damage is too extensive to repair with a regular filling, Dr. Syed may elect to restore your tooth with an onlay or an inlay. These natural-looking treatments provide greater stability than a regular dental filling, and they also have advantages you won’t get with a dental crown.
Compared to a dental crown, onlays and inlays are less invasive and more economical. They also allow Dr. Syed to preserve a greater portion of your natural tooth.
Reasons To Receive an Inlay/Onlay
Dr. Syed may recommend an inlay or an onlay in the following situations:
- For a cavity that’s too large to restore with a filling
- To restore a cracked or fractured tooth
- When the damage isn’t extensive enough to require a crown
The Inlay/Onlay Process
The first step in making your inlay or onlay is taking an impression of the affected tooth. That way, our dental lab can create a restoration that fits perfectly. Then we’ll provide you with a temporary restoration to wear until your permanent one is prepared and ready for placement.
When it’s time to place your inlay or onlay, the tooth and surrounding areas will be numbed to ensure you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. If there’s a cavity, the damaged portion of the tooth will be removed.
Before placing your permanent inlay or onlay, Dr. Syed will prepare the tooth by cleaning its entire surface and smoothing it out. Then he’ll permanently bond the restoration so your tooth will look and feel like new.
What material is used to make inlays and onlays?
Today we commonly use porcelain or acrylic. These are both excellent options for dental restorations because they’re durable, tooth-colored materials that are barely noticeable.
Can inlays and onlays be made of gold?
Although it’s less common than it used to be, some inlays and onlays are made of gold. People usually choose this option for back molars that can’t be seen when you’re talking or smiling.
Are onlays and partial crowns the same thing?
Yes, the two terms are used interchangeably.
How much do inlays and onlays cost?
Inlays typically range in price from about $450 to $1250 and onlays generally cost between $600 and $1500. An inlay or an onlay does costs more than a regular filling, but either of these treatments is less expensive than a dental crown.
Is the procedure painful?
During the procedure, we administer a local anesthetic to make sure you don’t feel any pain. If you experience any discomfort following your procedure, Dr. Syed will usually prescribe over-the-counter medication to treat your pain.