Inlays and Onlays
Inlay Restorations – Gramercy Park New York City

When a tooth has a large defective filling or has even had some kind of damage or decay done by trauma then an inlay restoration can be done. They are a great alternative to the traditional silver or composite fillings. They are actually more conservative than crowns because less of the tooth structure is removed in preparation. Inlay Restorations are lab made restorations that can be made from various materials. These restorations are made from metals such as gold, porcelain, and composite resins. Porcelain inlays are cosmetic alternatives to fillings. They are very strong compared to regular white fillings. Gold inlays are also suitable alternatives, but their appearance makes them less popular so they are not used often. These treatments are used to conservatively repair teeth that have large fillings that haven’t worked or have great damage due to decay and trauma. An inlay is an ideal alternative to a typical silver or composite filling. This is because it typically lasts longer and is more esthetically pleasing to people. Although they are durable, they are not always permanent and may need a replacement in time.

Reasons for Inlay Restorations:
  1. Fractured or broken teeth
  2. Teeth that are decaying
  3. Fillings that have been fractured
  4. Large fillings
  5. Cosmetic enhancement
Inlay Restoration Procedure:

For an inlay procedure, it usually takes two appointments to get everything completed and corrected. The first appointment will be for taking multiple highly accurate impressions which are also known as molds. This will be used to create the custom inlay and restoration. The dentist will remove any decay or old filling material while the tooth is numb. Then the space will be cleaned thoroughly and then carefully prepared. The dentist will shape the surface to properly fit the inlay restoration. Then the temporary filling will be placed in order to protect the tooth while waiting for the inlay to be made by the dental laboratory.

During the second appointment, the new inlay will be carefully and accurately cemented into place. A few adjustments may be made in order to ensure a proper and comfortable fit for the inlay and the bite. The dentist will then give you care instructions and good oral hygiene directions in order to aid in the life of your new inlay. The dentist will also discuss a proper diet and the importance of regular dental visits to ensure good overall dental hygiene.

Onlay Restorations – Gramercy Park New York City

Onlay restorations are custom-made fillings that are made up of composite material.  These composite materials are made of gold or tooth colored porcelain. These fillings are made by professional dental laboratories and then are cemented permanently onto the tooth by the dentist.  Inlays and onlays are essentially identical and both very important to the overall hygiene of a mouth. The only exception is that onlays require the restoration of the chewing surface with the addition to the filling.

Onlays are used to conservatively repair teeth that have very large fillings that are defective. Sometimes these fillings may have been damaged by decay or trauma. An onlay is also sometimes referred to as a partial crown but they are an ideal alternative to crowns. The reason for this is because less of the tooth structure is removed in the preparation of these onlays. An onlay can be a good alternative to a crown or cap because there is less natural tooth structure removed in the preparation. Like most dental restorations, both inlays and onlays are highly durable and will last many years. Unfortunately, onlays are like most dental restorations and are not always permanent. They may someday require replacement.

Why do I need an Onlay Restoration?
  • Large fillings
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Teeth that have decay.
  • Fillings that are fractured.
  • Fractured or broken teeth

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