Inlays and onlays aren’t as popular as crowns or veneers, but they provide an effective and long-lasting way to restore damaged or decaying teeth. At Rene Horvilleur, DDS, in Midtown East, New York City, the team offers an array of restorative dentistry techniques including inlays and onlays. To request your consultation today, call or use the online booking tool.
What are indirect fillings?
Indirect fillings are a type of restorative dentistry used to improve the strength and aesthetic appearance of cracked, damaged, or decaying teeth.
Indirect fillings help strengthen your teeth, but don’t encase them, like traditional dental crowns. Instead, your dentist uses indirect fillings to protect the chewing surface of your teeth.
What types of indirect fillings do you offer?
The team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, offers two types of indirect fillings:
Inlays are a type of indirect filling that your dentist applies between the cusps, or bumps, on the tops of your teeth. Inlays are small in size and usually go on the teeth toward the front of your mouth.
Also known as partial crowns, onlays are bigger than inlays and cover the chewing surfaces and sides of your teeth. Your dentist may recommend an onlay if one or more of your molars are decaying.
What is the process for getting inlays and onlays?
Getting inlays or onlays typically requires two separate appointments.
At your first appointment, your dentist performs a thorough oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you a series of questions about your symptoms. Next, your dentist administers a topical anesthetic, numbing your teeth and gums.
After the anesthetic sets in, your dentist carefully removes your old filling and any decay. Finally, your dentist takes an impression of your tooth (or teeth) and sends the impression to a laboratory that makes your indirect filling. Your dentist applies a temporary crown to your tooth and sends you home.
A week or two later you return for your second appointment. At your second appointment, your dentist administers a topical anesthetic and removes your temporary crown. After placing your inlay or onlay, your dentist cements it in place.
How long do inlays and onlays last?
Inlays and onlays are much more durable than traditional fillings and crowns. To ensure yours last for years to come:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss once a day
- Visit Rene Horvilleur, DDS, every six months
- Avoid chewing on objects like ice or popcorn kernels
If you grind your teeth when you sleep, let your dentist know. A night guard or other similar device will keep your indirect fillings in great shape.
To learn more about the benefits of inlays and onlays, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, today.