Inlays & Onlays
We use dental inlays & onlays when you need to have old fillings replaced due to wear and tear or accidents. The choice between one or the other option will depend on the tooth affected and how extensive the decay is. The dentists at Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS, will explain what each option means and what is the best choice for your situation during your initial consultation.
What are Inlays And Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are cosmetic restorations used to fix old fillings that are worn and protect a back tooth from further decay. We also use them when there is a fracture or crack, but the damage is not severe enough to need a dental crown.
In other words, inlays and onlays are used when the damage is too significant for a filling, but there is enough natural tooth structure remaining that a crown is not needed. Using this treatment option means that our dentist can preserve more of the natural tooth.
As with any other procedure, our primary goal is to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.
Inlays fit over the tooth, inside the top edges and onlays overflow these edges going over them and covering part of the natural tooth to protect it.
Getting Inlays And Onlays
The first step in this treatment is to remove the old fillings using local anesthesia. After cleaning the tooth and removing any further decay, our dentist makes an impression of the tooth that is then sent to the lab so that they can build the inlay or onlay. The materials used to construct these fillings are composite resin, gold or porcelain. We will most likely send you home with a temporary fixture to protect the tooth while you wait for the final inlays or onlays.
During the next appointment, we remove the temporary cap and the permanent inlay or onlay is fitted for comfort, and then bonded to your tooth. Afterward, we polish the filling so that it matches the look and sheen of your natural teeth.
You can expect to spend about an hour at each appointment with the first appointment lasting for a longer time because of the time needed to take the impression. The tooth may feel different, similar to when you get a traditional filling for a cavity. It’s vital that you let us know if you don’t feel comfortable so that we can make the necessary adjustments.
Will Getting Inlays Or Onlays Hurt?
There is no pain during the inlays or onlays placement because we will numb the area with a local anesthetic. You should feel comfortable during the procedure and can always ask us for more medication if needed.
After the anesthesia wears off, you may feel some soreness or discomfort. If you do, you can take over-the-counter to help with these symptoms. Any uncomfortable feeling should dissipate within a day or so, but it doesn’t, don’t hesitate to let us know.
If you have any additional questions about inlays & onlays, please call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060.
Michael Bleyzer, DDS
14 Thiells Mt. Ivy Road
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway
Additional hours may be available by appointment
Serving entire Rockland County New York: Pomona, Suffern, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, North Rockland Towns of Thiells, Stony Point, Garnerville, Haverstraw and West Haverstraw, and Tomkins Cove.