Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are often referred to as indirect fillings. This versatile cosmetic dental service is used to restore a tooth in both appearance and functionality while preventing further tooth decay.
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We are here to help address all the concerns you may have with your smile. Every patient is unique and presents different challenges in obtaining a smile they are thrilled with. Our office is proud to offer inlays and onlays as part of our restorative dentistry procedures to help you get the results you desire.
Our Edmonds office is committed to giving the best patient care possible. We work to exceed your expectations on any service we perform. One of our largest goals is making sure you are happy with the outcome of your treatment. Our dentist, Dr. Kitts will take the time to examine and discuss your concerns so that we may achieve optimal results.
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professional inlays & onlays
Do you have cavities or damage in your teeth that require more than a filling but not a full crown? Dental inlays and onlays might be the solution for you. This restorative treatment is a middle ground between a filling and a crown, providing a more extensive restoration of the tooth than a filling while still preserving more of the tooth than a crown. Here are some benefits of dental inlays and onlays:
Preserves More of Your Natural Tooth
Dental inlays and onlays preserve more of your natural tooth structure than dental crowns, which require more removal of the natural tooth structure to fit the crown.
Longer-Lasting than Traditional Fillings
Dental inlays and onlays are more durable and can last up to 30 years, whereas traditional fillings may last only 5-10 years.
Provides Extra Support
Inlays and onlays can reinforce the structure of the tooth and protect it from further damage or decay.
Dental inlays and onlays are custom-made to fit the exact shape and size of your tooth for a precise and comfortable fit.
Less Invasive Procedure
Inlays and onlays require less removal of tooth structure than crowns, making it a less invasive procedure that can often be completed in just one visit to the dentist.
Are inlays and onlays right for you?
A consultation with our dentist is the best way to find out if inlays or onlays are right for your unique situation. During a consultation, we will do an examination and take x-rays to determine the best course of treatment.
Inlays and onlays are designed to fill holes in teeth. Cavities can happen to anyone, at any age, and multiple surface cavities can be present. With inlays and onlays we can fill these crevices and restore the appearance of your tooth while preventing further damage from occurring.
Unlike fillings that are molded in the office, inlays and onlays are created in a lab. They are then fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth. An inlay is used for the center of the tooth, whereas an onlay will cover the cusp of the tooth.
What to expect from inlays and onlays
Unlike fillings that can be done on the same day, this type of restoration will take two office visits to complete. During the first visit to our office, the repair will be sized, and a temporary can be used.
We will go over the placement and what type of material is best. We recommend that for front teeth, resin or porcelain be used because it has a more natural appearance. For the back molars, metals are the best solution because they are stronger and can withstand the bite force.
Restorations with inlays and onlays can preserve teeth
Our office provides specialized inlay and onlay services to help you restore your teeth with minimal tooth alteration. Dr. Kitts, our expert dentist, will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that fits your individual needs and goals. We use the latest techniques and materials to create custom inlays and onlays that match the color and contour of your natural teeth. Our caring team is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care and attention.
WHAT ARE INLAYS AND ONLAYS?
Known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are used to fill spaces in the teeth, typically from a cavity. They are considered the best treatment option for filling spaces because they are stronger, longer lasting and an excellent choice for dental repairs. Inlays and onlays are considered an alternative to crowns in some situations.
HOW LONG DO INLAYS AND ONLAYS LAST?
The good news about inlays and onlays is their durability and lifespan. Patients can expect to get 20 to 30 years out of theirs and have a low rate of needing to be replaced before then. The quality of composite material will dictate how long they last; however, the better quality of resin used, the longer you can expect the inlay or onlay to last.
HOW ARE INLAYS AND ONLAYS DIFFERENT FROM FILLINGS?
Inlays and onlays are different from traditional fillings in that they are fabricated in a dental lab and then bonded to the tooth, whereas fillings are placed directly into the cavity by the dentist. Inlays and onlays are also made from more durable materials than fillings and can last longer.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INLAYS & ONLAYS?
The difference between an inlay and onlay is where they are positioned. Typically an inlay will only fill the area between the cusp much like a filling. An onlay will cover the cusp of the tooth. An onlay will be created to fit the size and shape of the space that needs covered.
WHEN IS AN INLAY OR ONLAY RECOMMENDED?
Inlays and onlays are typically recommended when a tooth has too much damage or decay for a filling to be effective, but not enough damage to require a crown. They can also be used to repair a broken or chipped tooth or to replace an old filling.
HOW MUCH DO INLAYS AND ONLAYS COST?
The cost of both the inlay and onlay is roughly the same. You can expect to pay around $650-$1000 per tooth. The average price is $900 per tooth. The more extensive the restoration, the higher the cost for the procedure. Also, teeth located in the back such as the molars may cost more, because of difficulty in addition to size.