Inlays and Onlays in Peoria, AZ

Classified somewhere between a dental filling and a crown, inlays and onlays can treat a decayed or damaged tooth. Used on the back teeth, an inlay covers the concave center of a tooth and an onlay covers the rounded, upper edges of a tooth. Like fillings and crowns, onlays and inlays can be created with different materials — porcelain, composite resin, and metal. Dental practitioner Dr. Donald Hildebrandt can help Peoria, AZ patients better understand crowns, fillings, onlays, and inlays before they make an informed decision about treating their teeth at Reflections Dental.

After applying numbing cream to your gums, Dr. Hildebrandt will start by cleaning out regions of decay. Other methods of sedation may be used in case you have anxiety or a powerful gag reflex. When the tooth is cleaned, impressions will be made of the tooth. If you're getting a restoration made in a lab, a temporary cover will be placed until it is prepared. As soon as your restoration is ready, Dr. Hildebrandt will carefully place and then bond it to your tooth. He may polish the edges or adjust the fit so that your tooth is properly coated and feels right.

If only local anesthesia is used, you should be able to leave after your procedure and get back to your normal day. You may experience some discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for a couple of days once your inlay or onlay is placed. Please call Reflections Dental should you have any issues after your procedure. Your dental inlay or onlay can be taken care of like your own teeth with daily flossing and brushing. You will need to schedule yearly dental exams and bi-annual cleanings at Reflections Dental so Dr. Hildebrandt can assess the health and wear of the onlay or inlay. With good maintenance, the material should last for several years before repairing or replacing.

Inlays and onlays at Reflections Dental in Peoria, AZ encompass multiple advantages as minimally invasive and long-lasting oral restorations for damaged or decayed teeth, such as:

  • Avoids blotching and discoloration, maintaining a striking appearance
  • Minimizes the risk of ongoing infection or chipping by protecting the tooth
  • Supports the natural resilience and stability of the tooth
  • Offers a minimally invasive alternative to full dental crowns
  • Gives you a comfortable and functional bite
  • Preserves more of the existing enamel in comparison with standard dental crowns
  • Provides sturdiness and lasting protection
  • Blends seamlessly with the surrounding teeth

Am I a Good Candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

An inlay or onlay is a fantastic option if you have a damaged tooth or a large cavity that is too big to get filled, but doesn't require the full protection of a crown. At your examination, Dr. Hildebrandt will examine your digital x-rays to determine the ideal method for your tooth. If an onlay or inlay is chosen, he will review the available treatment options that best fit your needs.

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Inlays and Onlays FAQ

Are inlays and onlays noticeable?

One of the advantages of inlays and onlays is their aesthetic appeal. They can be made from materials that closely match the natural color of your teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable. Porcelain inlays and onlays, in particular, are popular for their ability to blend seamlessly with your natural tooth enamel.

How long do inlays and onlays last?

Inlays and onlays are known for their durability and may last up to 30 years with proper care. They are made from strong materials like porcelain or composite resin, which are resistant to wear and can strengthen the structure of a tooth. Regular dental check-ups at Reflections Dental and good oral hygiene practices are key to extending their lifespan.

Are inlays and onlays a better choice than crowns for tooth restoration?

Inlays and onlays are often preferred when the tooth damage is not severe enough to require a crown. They are less invasive, as less tooth structure needs to be removed compared to a crown. This makes them a conservative treatment option, preserving more of your natural tooth while still providing strength and durability.

Whether you select an inlay or onlay, indirect or direct, it is important to treat a damaged or decayed tooth before it becomes a debilitating and expensive problem. Learn more about dental inlays and onlays to renew your teeth by scheduling an appointment at Reflections Dental in Peoria, AZ. Dr. Hildebrandt and his team will help improve your smile and oral health using the very best treatment for your requirements.

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