Dental Inlays and Onlays in Boston, MA

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What Are Inlays and Onlays?

Identified somewhere between a dental filling and a full crown, inlays and onlays are used to restore a decayed or damaged tooth. Used on molars and pre-molars, an inlay covers the concave middle of a tooth, whereas onlays cover the tooth's rounded, upper edges. Like fillings and crowns, inlays and onlays can be created in a variety of materials — porcelain, composite resin, and metal. We are here to help you better understand fillings, crowns, onlays, and inlays so you can make an informed decision about your dental health at Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA.

Do I Need an Inlay or Onlay?

An inlay or onlay may be a good option for you if you have a chipped tooth or a large cavity that is too big to get filled but doesn't need the complete coverage of a crown. At your dental exam, one of our skilled dentists will examine your digital x-rays to pick the best method for your particular needs. If an inlay or onlay is chosen, we will discuss the available materials that will best fit your requirements. From there, we will discuss what your restoration options are and will get your inlay or onlay prepared.

Inlay and Onlay Treatment Process

After applying local anesthesia to numb your treatment area, we will begin by cleaning out areas of decay. A stronger sedation technique may be used if you experience stress or have a strong gag reflex. Once your tooth is cleaned, impressions will be made from the tooth. If you're receiving a restoration made in a lab, a temporary filling will be set until it is prepared. Once your onlay or inlay is ready, we will carefully place and then bond it onto your tooth. We may polish the edges or adjust the fit so your tooth is properly coated and feels comfortable.

Caring for Your Inlay or Onlay

If local anesthesia was used during your procedure, you should be able to leave after we're finished and get back to your normal day. Discomfort, swelling, and sensitivity are all common and may last for several days after your inlay or onlay is placed. Your onlay or inlay needs to be taken care of just like your own teeth with daily flossing and brushing. You need to schedule annual dental examinations and biannual cleanings at Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA, so we can assess the health and wear of your restoration. With appropriate maintenance, your inlay or onlay ought to last many years before needing to be replaced or repaired.

Insurance Coverage

Inlays and onlays are generally paid for in part by dental insurance because they are a common procedure for dental decay and other issues. Someone from our team can contact your insurance provider to ascertain your particular coverage prior to figuring out your out-of-pocket costs. We can also customize your treatment with different materials to match your budget and needs. During your consultation, we will go over price estimates and payments we accept, including medical financing.

Restore Your Smile

If you have a broken or decayed tooth that is too big for a filling but too small for a full crown, an inlay or onlay may be just what you need. It's important to treat a decayed or damaged tooth before it becomes a debilitating and expensive problem. Learn more about onlays and inlays and how you can restore your mouth by making a consultation at Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA. Our team can help revive your smile.

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