Dental Inlays and Onlays Overview
When patients suffer from tooth decay or damage, a filling may not be enough, and yet a crown may cover more than what is needed for proper restoration. At Made Ya Smile, Dr. Tuan (Anthony) Ly wants to provide individuals with the treatment that works for them, which is why we offer dental inlays and onlays to bring the health and function back to your smile. Inlays and onlays strengthen the teeth at the back of the mouth and are custom made for you with materials such as composite resin, gold, and porcelain. Onlays, also called partial crowns, cover the chewing surfaces of the tooth while inlays rest in the center indented areas. If tooth decay is affecting your overall health, reach out to the professionals at Made Ya Smile in Missouri City, TX for an appointment and consultation.
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Inlays and onlays are custom restorations for the back teeth, especially if they are moderately damaged or broken. They work to rebuild the lost structure so your teeth can function as normal. Dr. Ly may choose a custom inlay or onlay if the damage is too extensive for a filling, but not extensive enough to require the protection of a crown. To know for sure, the experts at Made Ya Smile will schedule you for a clinical evaluation so we can take low-radiation digital x-rays. We will then have a discussion where we present some options for the restoration of the tooth, as well as what materials to use.
What To Expect with Dental Inlays and Onlays
At Made Ya Smile, we make your comfort and care our first priority. Dr. Ly is known for his years of experience and gentle chairside manner and will work to find options to help you feel at ease. This is why we offer sedation options to keep you relaxed if you feel anxious about any dental procedures. Once we numb the area, we will use advanced dental equipment to eliminate the damaged or decayed parts of the tooth. While some inlays and onlays are made of gold or porcelain, custom-created by a dental laboratory, others are made in your mouth with a tooth-colored composite material. If we choose to make them in a lab, Dr. Ly will take an impression of the tooth and give you a temporary filling until the permanent one arrives at our office 1 – 2 weeks later. When it's ready, we will bond the restoration, adjust it as needed, then polish the surface.
Dental Inlays and Onlays Recovery
Patients should wait until the feeling returns to their mouth before consuming any food or beverages following the procedure. You may experience minor sensitivity or discomfort, but this should resolve over the next few days of recovery. Practice daily brushing and flossing techniques and schedule routine cleanings at our office in Missouri City, TX to keep your inlay or onlay in good shape. We will continue to check the integrity of the inlay or onlay over time, and with good care, the restoration should last for several years. If you experience any issues or have concerns about the inlay or onlay after placement, contact our clinic as soon as possible.
Dental Inlays and Onlays Insurance Coverage
Inlays and onlays are generally considered a restorative treatment for the back teeth, which means they could be covered in part by a PPO plan we accept. A member of our administrative staff will go over your dental plan and coverage before we start any treatments. If you have out-of-pocket costs, these will be presented to you in our office during your custom consultation. Made Ya Smile wants all patients to have a healthy smile and will offer several payment options to cover the cost of care. This includes low-interest financing with a third-party partner.
Inlays and Onlays
If you have teeth that are broken or damaged due to decay, an inlay or onlay may be able to help. Dr. Ly often offers these restorations for the back teeth if a simple filling or a dental crown is not the right solution for your situation. Seeking treatment by the experienced staff at Made Ya Smile early on can also save you from more extensive treatment in the future. For more information about our caring practice in Missouri City, TX, reach out and schedule an appointment today.