Inlay & Onlay: An Overview
Dental inlays and onlays are similar to a dental filling or tooth crown, used to restore teeth worn or affected by decay or other damage. Inlays and onlays can be made from durable materials such as resin, porcelain, and/or gold. Inlays and onlays are a restorative dentistry treatment Dr. Upadya provides to New Jersey.
Dr. Upadya also offers the option of same-day porcelain restorations with E4D technology.
Inlay Vs. Onlay
The primary difference is the amount of tooth covered by the restoration:
- An inlay is basically a filling placed within the cusps of the tooth.
- An onlay, also called a partial crown, provides more coverage.
Inlay & Onlay: What to Expect
Traditionally, the process for inlays and onlays requires two visits. Most restorations in our East Hanover, NJ, dentist office can be designed, fabricated, and placed in a single visit. A comprehensive exam will determine which treatment option suits your dental concern.
Dr. Upadya will take a digital impression of your tooth and then use sophisticated computer software to design the inlay or onlay. The restoration is then made in our in-office laboratory using high-quality ceramic materials. Once the milling is complete, Dr. Upadya will try on the restoration and bond it to the tooth.
You can expect your inlay or onlay to last for years with proper care and maintenance. Porcelain restorations are highly durable and stain-resistant.
Inlay and Onlay FAQs
How long do inlays and onlays last?
Inlays and onlays last an average of 20-30 years. They may need restorations or replacements after 20-30 years of wear.
Can inlays fall out?
Inlays can fall out, but that is rare, and they can be inserted back into place by your dentist. The ceramic that inlays are made with is very durable. It is unlikely that your inlay will fall out.
How much do inlays and onlays cost?
Inlays typically cost between 250 and 1500, depending on the placement and materials used. Inlays typically cost between 350-1500. The costs also vary per dentist.
How long after inlay can I eat?
After an inlay, patients typically wait 48 hours to let everything set. Patients should avoid hard foods during this period and try to chew with their back teeth, away from the inlay.
How long does an onlay take to heal?
It takes 4-7 days for an onlay to heal and feel normal. Bleeding and gum discoloration with tooth sensitivity should disappear after a few days.
Is onlay stronger than filling?
Inlays and onlays are more appealing to the eye than traditional fillings and are more durable. If you are looking for a stronger alternative to a filling, an onlay may be a great option. Call our office today to schedule a consultation, and we can discuss options with you.