Dental inlays and onlays (also known as indirect fillings or dental restoration) cover a larger area of the tooth than a cavity to seal decay, and strengthen the tooth. A dental inlay or onlay is a good option for patients who need more protection than a tooth-colored filling, but do not need a whole dental crown. A dental inlay covers the center of the tooth's chewing surface and a dental onlay covers the cusps (the raised edges of the tooth's chewing surface). Board-certified dentist Dr. Stacie Calian uses high quality Prettau Zirconia for dental inlays and onlays at Smile Design Dental Spa in Mt. Kisco, NY. Prettau Zirconia uses a more durable material than traditional metals or porcelain that also looks more like the natural teeth.
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What to Expect
A dental inlay or onlay usually takes 2 visits to the dentist’s office. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the damaged tooth or teeth and take impression molds that will be sent to a dental laboratory. Once the custom inlay or only is made at the lab and returned to the dentist, the patient will come in to have their inlay or onlay placed, fitted, and bonded.
Once the inlay or onlay is bonded to the tooth, patients should not need to alter their home oral care routine. Inlays and onlays should be brushed with the natural teeth at least twice a day and flossed at least once a day. The inlay or onlay may wear down over time and need to be replaced. Patients should continue to see their dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings and an annual exam where the dentist can check the integrity of their inlay or onlay.
Inlays usually cost between $250 – $1,500. Outlays usually cost between $350 – $1,500. The cost will depend on how many areas are being treated, the size of the areas treated, and the material chosen for the inlay or onlay. During the initial consultation, the dentist will go over the patient’s options and the break down of costs.
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Restore, Renew, and Protect
If you are concerned about the strength and health or your teeth, ask cosmetic and general dentist Dr. Stacie Calian about custom-made inlays and onlays. With more coverage and protection than a filling, but a more conservative approach than a crown, indirect fillings can be a great option.