By offering general, preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services, our expert dentists in Stony Brook, NY provide the most all-encompassing, comprehensive oral health care right here at Stony Brook Dental Group.
Our patients that need to repair some minor tooth damage could greatly benefit from indirect restoration like inlays or onlays, especially when the damage doesn’t necessitate dental crowns or cannot be corrected with a standard dental filling.
The best way to describe inlays and onlays is that they are similar to traditional, standard dental fillings, but are actually indirect. However, what sets these apart from regular fillings is that our talented laboratory technicians craft your inlays and onlays in an off-site high-tech lab. Once complete, it’s couriered to our Stony Brook, NY office where your dentist will permanently bond your inlay or onlay to your damaged tooth.
Inlays and onlays are applied the same way—the only difference between inlays and onlays lies in where they fit on your tooth. Inlays fit inside the small, corner points of the tooth, and onlays cover these points completely.
If you have heard about the way dental crowns are positioned on your teeth, the procedure for applying inlays and onlays is very similar. One of the benefits of inlays and onlays, though, is that much more of the original tooth can be preserved, making it a much more conservative and less invasive procedure.
Because inlays and onlays are crafted off-site, this treatment requires two appointments. At your initial visit for inlays and onlays in Stony Brook, NY, your dentist will need to remove tooth decay and infection from the damaged tooth, but don’t worry—we’ll give you some local anesthesia.
After the tooth is cleaned out, a mold is taken for the inlay and onlay—which will be made out of porcelain, resin, or gold—to be crafted. While waiting for your permanent restoration, we’ll provide a temporary filling.
At your second visit, the permanent inlay or onlay will be bonded to your tooth for results that are strong and long-lasting. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment.