what are dental inlays and onlays?
Dental inlays and onlays are classified between dental fillings and crowns. They can treat a damaged tooth. Used on molars and premolars, a dental inlay covers the concave middle of a tooth, and onlays cover the tooth's rounded, upper edges. Like dental fillings and crowns, onlays and inlays can be made with different materials — composite resin, porcelain, and metal. Our dentists at Sunshine Dental can help Corona, CA patients understand crowns, fillings, onlays, and inlays so they can make an informed decision about how to treat their teeth.
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How long does it take for inlays and onlays to heal?
Once a numbing cream has been applied, our team at Sunshine Dental will begin by cleaning out regions of decay. Other techniques of sedation may be used if you have anxiety or a powerful gag reflex. Once the tooth is cleaned, impressions will be made from the tooth. If you are getting an inlay or onlay made in a dental lab, a temporary cover will be set until it is prepared. As soon as your restoration is ready, our Corona, CA dentists will carefully set and bond it onto your tooth. We may polish the borders or adjust the fit so that your tooth is properly coated and feels comfortable.
Inlays and onlays FAQs
How do I clean my teeth after treatment?
Inlays and onlays can be cleaned the same as regular teeth. Cleaning is of utmost importance to the long-term success of your treatment. After your dental procedure at Sunshine Dental, patients should brush their teeth using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste twice daily. Patients are advised not to use their teeth as tools to prevent damage.
Are inlays and onlays permanent?
Most dental treatments are designed to be long-lasting, but this varies depending on the treatment. Our professional team in Corona, CA, will discuss what to expect in terms of results and how to make sure your inlays and onlays last as long as possible. Patients should continue to attend annual dental exams so we can monitor their oral health and provide the best possible care.
How much do inlays and onlays cost?
The cost of inlays and onlays varies depending on the extent of your treatment. Patients with dental insurance should contact their providers to find out if inlays and onlays will be covered. Our clinic can provide a full estimate of your treatment plan during an initial assessment. We are happy to help you find alternatives or work with your budget to find something that is right for your needs.
Preventive care for your future
Whether you pick an inlay or onlay, porcelain or metal, direct or indirect, it is important to take care of a decayed or damaged tooth before it becomes a debilitating and costly issue. Learn more about inlays and onlays to renew your mouth by scheduling a consultation at Sunshine Dental in Corona, CA. Dr. Bhakta and our team will help revive your smile and oral health using the very best remedy for your needs.