Dental Inlays and Onlays in New York City, NY
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What are Dental Inlays and Onlays?
Identified between a tooth-colored filling and a full crown, an inlay or onlay can restore a decayed or damaged tooth. Used on molars and pre-molars, an inlay covers the indented center of a tooth while an onlay covers the tooth's upper, rounded edges. Like dental fillings and crowns, inlays and onlays can be made with different materials — porcelain, metal, and composite resin. Our dental team is dedicated to helping our patients better understand onlays and inlays and how they can enhance your oral health so you can make the best choice about how to treat your tooth. For more information contact East Village Dental Center to schedule your consultation in New York, NY.
Who Can Have Dental Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay or onlay is a fantastic option when you have a damaged tooth or a large cavity that is too big to get filled but doesn't require the full coverage of a crown. At your dental exam, we will examine your digital x-rays to determine the ideal treatment for your tooth. If an inlay or onlay is chosen, we will discuss the available materials that will best meet your requirements.
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What Can I Expect when Getting a Dental Inlay or Onlay?
After applying local anesthesia to numb your gums, we will begin by removing areas of decay. When the enamel is cleaned, impressions will be made of the tooth so your customized inlay and/or onlay can be crafted. Once the inlay or onlay is ready, we will have you come back in so we can carefully place and bond it to your tooth. We may polish the edges or adjust the fit so that your tooth is suitably coated and feels right.
What is Recovering from Getting an Inlay or Onlay Like?
If only local anesthesia is used, you can leave after your appointment and return to your regular activities. You might feel mild discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for a couple of days once your inlay or onlay is placed. Please contact our New York City office should you have any concerns after your procedure. Your inlay or onlay should be taken care of like your natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing. You need to schedule yearly dental examinations and bi-annual cleanings at East Village Dental Center so we can assess the wear and health of the onlay or inlay. With appropriate maintenance, it should last for many years before needing to be repaired or replaced.
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Will Insurance Cover My Inlay or Onlay?
Onlays and inlays are common for dental decay and other damage, so this procedure is generally paid for in part by dental insurance. We will contact your insurance provider to determine your specific coverage before figuring out your personal costs. Our dental team can personalize your procedure with restoration materials to go with your budget. We will go over price quotes and payment methods we accept, including low-cost medical financing, during your consultation so we can create a treatment plan that fits your goals and your budget.
Dental Inlays and Onlays in New York City
Regardless of whether you pick an inlay or onlay, metal or ceramic, it is important to deal with a decayed or damaged tooth before it turns into a painful and costly problem. Learn more about inlays and onlays to renew your mouth by making an appointment at East Village Dental Center in New York, NY. Our dental team can help revive your oral health with the very best remedy for your requirements. We look forward to helping you craft a healthy and beautiful smile soon.