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When your teeth are damaged there are several options available to restore your teeth. Inlays and Onlays are typically good for the restoration of molars or premolars that cannot be fixed with a normal filler. Inlays and Onlays tend to be stronger and last longer than direct fillings and provide a more conservative alternative to traditional dental crowns.

At Harmony Dental Arts in New Jersey, we use a holistic approach and combine the knowledge of our award-winning orthodontists and certified top dentists. They work closely together to complement dental expertise and years of experience to provide you with the best possible care in our Clifton office.
We dedicate ourselves to giving you that perfect smile for years to come. Schedule a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for inlays and Onlays in New Jersey.

Inlays and Onlays in New Jersey

Inlays and Onlays are a form of indirect tooth restoration that is used to in molars and premolars and fit the size and shape of the cavity. The main difference between inlays and Onlays is the amount and part of the tooth that they cover. An inlay will incorporate pits or fissures of the chewing surface between the tooth cusps, whereas Onlays treat more extensive tooth damage and will cover one or more cusps. Inlays and Onlays traditionally were made of gold, but nowadays more aesthetically pleasing materials are available such as porcelain, ceramic, and composite resin.

The Procedure of Teeth Restoration with Inlays or Onlays

To create and place inlays or Onlays, the tooth first needs to be prepared. Old filling – if any – will be removed and a small part of the decayed area in our New Jersey office. After that, we will make a mold of the tooth so the inlay or Onlay can be created to fit the existing tooth structure precisely. Inlays and Onlays are made in our lab from porcelain or composite resin. During the creation period, our dentist Dr. Sokolina will place a temporary filling so your tooth will be protected. During a second consultation, the inlay or Onlay is bonded to the tooth with a special glue, providing a new chewing surface and greater support for the tooth structure.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

When you compare direct restoration (filling) with indirect restoration (inlays and onlays), the main advantages of inlays and onlays are that they are tailor-made of carefully selected, durable material. They do not have the disadvantage of shrinking, a wide range of materials is available to choose from and they tend to last longer. Because they are less economical, the choice for inlays or onlays is usually made when direct restoration cannot create satisfying results or a stronger material is needed for support.

In comparison to crowns, inlays and onlays only require that the decayed parts of the tooth be drilled away, while crowns require a large, outer portion of the damaged tooth to be removed. Inlays and onlays are more durable than most crowns and typically provide several decades of tooth support. They are also more aesthetically pleasing, especially as compared to metal crowns.

Inlays and Onlays in New Jersey at Harmony Dental Arts

Harmony Dental Arts offers a unique orthodontist-dentist approach. Our NJ award-winning, board-certified orthodontists and top NJ cosmetic dentists always work closely together and combine their skills and expertise to provide you with the best results. You can count on our high level of dedicated care.

Are you considering Inlays and Onlays in New Jersey to restore your teeth in a beautiful, long-lasting way? Contact our Clifton NJ office at (973) 779-2194 or fill out a form online for a first consultation.

What is the recovery time for inlays and onlays in New Jersey?

The recovery time is minimal. You can go home immediately after treatment. You may also eat and drink straight away. It can take a while before the anesthetic is completely worked out. Depending on where the anesthetic has been placed, your cheek may be thick, sag slightly and have a numb sensation. During the first two weeks, the tooth may be sensitive.

Are onlays better than crowns?

Inlays and onlays are often a good alternative to crowns. Compared to a crown, an onlay is a less aggressive form of teeth restoration. Less tooth structure needs to be removed to replace an onlay and effectively restore the function of your teeth. Onlays can be made out of a wide range of materials, including gold and porcelain, and give beautiful, more natural results. Crowns may be necessary in cases of severe tooth damage. Consult our New Jersey office to see if you are eligible for inlays or onlays.

What results can I expect?

An inlay or onlay treatment will restore the proper function of your teeth. If you have opted for porcelain composite, the result will also be very natural-looking and almost invisible. Be careful when consuming very hot or very cold food and beverages. The temperature difference may affect the material of the inlays and onlays. In general, inlays and onlays last much longer than traditional fillings. With good maintenance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits, inlays and onlays may last about 20 – 30 years.

Written by Dr. Sokolina

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