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Dental Inlays and Onlays in New York City, NY

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Identified between a tooth-colored filling and a crown, an inlay or onlay can repair a damaged tooth. Used on the back teeth, a dental inlay covers the indented center of a tooth and an onlay covers the tooth's upper, rounded edges. Like dental crowns and fillings, onlays and inlays can be made in a variety of materials — composite resin, porcelain, and metal. We work closely with our Long Island, Manhattan, and Yonkers, NY patients to give them a better understanding of tooth-colored fillings, crowns, onlays, and inlays so they can make the best choice about treating their teeth at Concerned Dental Care.

An inlay or onlay is a good option if you have a cracked tooth or a large cavity that's too big to get filled but does not need the entire protection of a crown. At your dental exam, we can use your digital x-rays to determine the ideal procedure for your needs. If an onlay or inlay is chosen, we will go over the available materials that will best suit your needs. You may also discuss whether you'd prefer a direct restoration (an inlay or onlay created at our office using CEREC technology while you wait) or an indirect restoration created at a dental lab.

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After applying local anesthesia to numb your gums, we will start by removing decay. Stronger techniques of sedation can be used in case you have anxiety or a powerful gag reflex. Once the enamel is cleaned, impressions will be made of the tooth. If you're receiving an indirect restoration, a temporary filling will be placed until it is prepared. Once your restoration is ready, we will carefully place and then bond it on your tooth. We may polish the edges or adjust the fit so your tooth is suitably coated and feels right.

If just local anesthesia was used, you should be able to leave after your procedure and return to your normal day. You might experience some discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for a couple of days after your inlay or onlay is placed. Your dental inlay or onlay needs to be cleaned just like your natural teeth by flossing and brushing daily. You need to schedule annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings at Concerned Dental Care so we can assess the health and wear of the inlay or onlay. With good maintenance, it ought to last for several years before repairing or replacing. If you experience any concerns following your procedure, please don't hesitate to give our office a call.

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Onlays and inlays are common treatments for dental decay and other problems, so it's generally covered by dental insurance. To be sure, we can contact your insurer to determine your particular coverage before calculating your out-of-pocket costs. Additionally, we are happy to work with you and customize your treatment with restoration materials to match your budget and needs. At your consultation, we will go over cost estimates and the variety of payment methods we accept, including medical financing.

Whether you choose an onlay or inlay, porcelain or metal, direct or indirect, it's important to treat a damaged or decayed tooth before it turns into a debilitating and expensive problem. Find out more about how inlays and onlays can renew your oral health by making an appointment at Concerned Dental Care in New York City or a surrounding area. Our team can help revive your smile and oral health with the latest treatment options. We look forward to creating your custom inlay and onlay treatment plan soon.

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