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At Brite Smiles 4 U, Dr. Olga Kandov and our team see patients who require restorative treatment but not in the form of a tooth-colored filling or full dental crown. Instead, when decay only reaches certain areas of a tooth, it often requires creating inlays & onlays in Doylestown for successful results. These restorations fill in the space left behind by decay and can either fit within the chewing surfaces or extend over the tooth cusps. By using these methods of treatment, we can preserve more of the natural tooth structure while fully repairing and restoring an individual’s smile. Contact us to schedule an appointment to learn more.
Before we look at their differences, let us discuss what makes them similar. Not only are they customized restorations designed to treat teeth impacted by tooth decay, but they’re made from various materials and are highly durable.
What makes inlays and onlays different are how they repair certain parts of a tooth. Inlays are made to fit within the cusps and are applied to the chewing surface, whereas onlays are meant to extend over the cusps and even potentially down the side of the tooth.
The process for placing these restorations is similar to that of a dental filling or crown. Dr. Kandov will remove the decayed portions of the tooth before capturing a digital impression and having the inlay or onlay created and bonded into place.
While it is possible to send these images to a lab for creation, it is also likely that Dr. Kandov can create one in-house while you wait.
The longevity of these restorations typically depends on how well you take care of your smile once they are in place. On average, they tend to last anywhere from 5-30 years. Some of the factors that can determine how long they will remain in place include:
Because inlays and onlays are categorized as restorative dentistry, most dental insurance companies will agree to partially cover the cost of treatment. You will need to review your plan to determine how much they will pay, but it is usually between 50-80% of the total cost. However, this is before they account for whether you’ve met your deductible and how much of your annual maximum remains available.