If you need to restore a damaged molar or repair a large area of decay, Dr. Gary Herskovits may recommend inlays and onlays at our Brooklyn, New York, practice. Inlays and onlays are smaller than dental crowns, so they can preserve a larger amount of your natural tooth structure. At the same time, they can often treat extensive cavities that are too big for a filling. At Brooklyn Smile, we will custom-make your inlay or onlay from advanced materials. Your restoration will be designed to blend subtly with your smile, and with proper care, it could last for many years.
Is an Inlay or Onlay Right for You?
An inlay or onlay may be appropriate if you have a weakened molar, but the majority of your tooth is still intact. You may also be a candidate for an inlay or onlay if you have a cavity that is too big for a filling but not large enough to merit a dental crown. Inlays and onlays are very similar. Both types of restorations are fitted onto the chewing surfaces of molars. However, onlays are larger and extend over the cusps of teeth, whereas inlays fit in between the cusps to repair smaller areas of damage.
Because inlays and onlays are smaller than dental crowns, they are also a more conservative treatment option.
At your consultation, Dr. Herskovits can determine which type of restoration is right for you by conducting a visual exam and taking x-rays. He will choose a conservative option but also ensure the restorative treatment will be long-lasting and provide adequate protection.
Designing and Placing Your Restoration
To prepare your tooth for an inlay or onlay, Dr. Herskovits will first administer local anesthesia. Then he will carefully remove areas of damaged or decayed tissue, slightly reshaping your tooth so that there is room for the restoration. Next, he will take impressions of your tooth, and our lab will use them to design your inlay or onlay. During your second visit, roughly two weeks later, Dr. Herskovits will lightly roughen the surface of your tooth before attaching your inlay or onlay with dental cement.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are trusted restorations for several reasons:
- An inlay or onlay can renew your oral function and dental health while keeping decay from spreading or coming back.
- Because inlays and onlays are smaller than crowns, they are a more conservative option and Dr. Herskovits will be able to leave more of your healthy dental tissue intact.
- Due to their smaller size, inlays and onlays typically cost less than crowns.
- In instances of widespread damage or wearing, an inlay or onlay can preserve the natural balance of your bite.
Additionally, thanks to Dr. Herskovits’ skill and precise techniques, your inlay or onlay will be designed to match the look of your surrounding teeth.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Herskovits
Timely treatment of decayed or damaged molars is the simplest way to preserve your oral health. To find out more about inlays and onlays, contact Brooklyn Smile and book an appointment.