Inlays and Onlays

What are Inlays and Onlays?

An inlay or onlay is a type of restoration that helps to cover a damaged or otherwise compromised tooth. The inlay or onlay is smaller in size to a dental crown, but it is more durable and long-lasting when compared to a filling. You might need either of these restorations if a tooth has only slightly broken or chipped, or if you have a large filling in your mouth. Most inlays and onlays can last for decades before replacement is needed.

Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?

The reason you may need an inlay or onlay is because you have an area of deep decay or have a large filling in one or more of your teeth. Another reason for needing an onlay or inlay is because a tooth has broken, chipped, or cracked only on the very top of the tooth. In this case, the restoration can be made and placed over the tooth to protect it. Your replacement is made to mimic the look and feel of your real teeth.

What Are Inlays And Onlays
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Who is a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

We will perform an examination to determine if you might need an inlay or onlay. Most patients who have large fillings, or want to replace the filling with a longer-lasting restoration, are good candidates for the procedure. With proper care and oral hygiene, your inlay or onlay can last for many years without showing any signs of wear.

What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?

We begin by removing decay and old filling material. If there’s a break or crack, we smooth the tooth out before the restoration is placed. Impressions are taken which allow us to create a perfectly crafted inlay or onlay for the tooth. Your second appointment involves placing the restoration. We’ll adjust the fit and feel of the inlay or onlay, and you’ll be on your way to enjoying your new smile.

If you think you might need an inlay or onlay, and want to come in for treatment, call our office today and we can further assist you.

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Our dear patients,

We hope that this message reaches you well and in good spirits during this trying time. As this global pandemic continues to run its course, we sincerely hope that you are doing your best to take care of yourself physically and mentally. While we are unable to operate business as usual, we are still here for you in cases of emergency. If you find that you are experiencing dental pain, tooth fracture, uncontrolled oral bleeding, and/or extreme sensitivity, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 404-549-2650. We are available for virtual consults or will get you scheduled to come into the office.

Unfortunately, we will be operating in this limited fashion for an uncertain amount of time and will be sure to notify you once it is safe to continue non-emergency treatment. Here, at Brookhaven Dental Group, we have always practiced CDC and OSHA standards of infection and will continue to operate only under their direction.

In the spirit of a line from a poem that China sent to Italy, “We are all waves from the same sea.” Meaning that no matter where you are or how this pandemic may be affecting you, we’re all in it together. The ebb and flow of life right now is not what we’re used to but staying in place is necessary to get us to our new normal quicker.

Thank you to each one of you for being such a vital part of the reason why BDG just celebrated 2 years of being in practice. We’re here when you need us and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Be well,
Dr. Brown

Brookhaven Dental Group
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