Tarrytown cosmetic dentist Dr. Wanda Mejia uses dental inlays and onlays to treat decay on back teeth or to strengthen teeth that suffer from common cosmetic dental problems such as chips and cracks. She may also use them to replace large metal dental fillings on back teeth to help prevent the potential damage amalgam fillings can cause.
At Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown, we see every smile as unique. Dr. Mejia will discuss all of your restorative and cosmetic dentistry options with you and help you determine if inlays or onlays can best benefit your smile. Please call (914) 332-4402 today for an appointment.
Benefits of Ceramic Fillings
Dental inlays and onlays are the best fillings available for large cavities. These ceramic fillings:
- Look most like natural teeth
- Resist staining and wear
- Restore strength to damaged teeth
- Last longer than other fillings
However, there are tradeoffs for these fillings. They are more expensive than other types of fillings. Also, they require two visits to complete most of the time. If you have a cavity, we will talk to you about your filling options so you can determine which type of filling best meets your needs.
The Inlays & Onlays Process
Dental inlays and onlays are a form of ceramic filling. Dental inlays treat cavities within the indented top surface of back teeth, in between the cusps. Onlays correct issues that extend to one of more of your tooth’s cusp. Both of these restorations are made of tooth colored porcelain and will be shaped to fit perfectly into or onto your tooth.
The placement of inlays and onlays takes two office visits. During your first visit to our Tarrytown office, Dr. Mejia will prepare your tooth for your restoration, make an impression of the tooth, and fit you with a temporary inlay or onlay. The impression of your tooth will be sent to our dental lab partners who will custom-create your restoration to Dr. Mejia’s exact specifications.
You will continue to wear your temporary restoration until your customized inlay or onlay is ready. Once your personalized restoration has been received, you will return to our office, and we’ll bond it in place.The entire process generally takes one to two weeks, but your restoration should continue to provide strength and protection for many years.
Inlays and onlays offer a superior solution to dental fillings for treating large amounts of decay on back teeth. They are also a more conservative alternative to dental crowns, though they can offer similar benefits in some situations. Dr. Mejia is best able to determine if these restorations can meet your needs during your initial examination.
If you would like to learn what inlays and onlays can do for your smile, please call