Identified between a regular filling and a full crown, a dental inlay or onlay can restore a damaged or decayed tooth. Used on molars and pre-molars, an inlay covers the indented middle of a tooth and onlays cover the rounded, upper edges of a tooth. Like dental fillings and crowns, onlays and inlays can be created in a variety of materials — composite resin, porcelain, and metal. General dentist Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. can help Gainesville, GA patients understand fillings, crowns, onlays, and inlays before they make an informed decision about treating their teeth at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D.
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A dental inlay or onlay is a fantastic option when you have a damaged tooth or a large cavity that's too big to get filled but does not require the full protection of a crown. At your examination, Dr. Toms will examine your x-rays to decide on the ideal treatment for your needs. If an onlay or inlay is chosen, he will go over the available materials that will best suit your needs.
What To Expect
After applying local anesthesia to numb you, Dr. Toms will begin by cleaning out regions of decay. Other techniques of sedation may be used in case you experience stress or have a sensitive gag reflex. When the enamel is cleaned, impressions will be produced from your tooth. If you're getting an indirect restoration, a temporary cover will be put in place until it is prepared. As soon as your restoration is ready, Dr. Toms will carefully set and then bond it on your tooth. He will polish the borders or adjust the fit so that your tooth is suitably coated and feels right.
If just local anesthesia is used to numb your teeth, you should be able to leave following your appointment and get back to your regular activities. You might experience mild discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for a few days once your onlay or inlay is placed. Please call Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. if you experience any issues following your treatment. Your dental inlay or onlay should be cleaned just like your own teeth by flossing and brushing. You need to schedule yearly dental examinations and twice-yearly cleanings so Dr. Toms can evaluate the restoration. With proper maintenance, it ought to last for several years before a repair or replacement is needed.
Onlays and inlays are a common procedure for dental cavities and other damage, so they are generally paid in part by insurance. Our office can talk to your insurer to ascertain your particular policy prior to figuring out your personal expenses. Dr. Toms can personalize the restoration materials to fit your budget and needs. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Toms will discuss price quotes and payment methods we take, such as low-cost medical financing.
The Ins & Outs of restorations
Regardless of whether you select an onlay or inlay, metal or ceramic, indirect or direct filling, it is important to treat a damaged or decayed tooth before it turns into a debilitating and costly issue. Find out more about dental inlays and onlays to renew your mouth by making an appointment at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. in Gainesville, GA. Dr. Toms and his team can help revive your smile and oral health using the very best remedy for your health.