Inlays and Onlays in Wexford, PA

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are pieces of porcelain shaped to restore part of your tooth after damage or decay. Inlays fill the area between the cusps of your teeth, while onlays cover the cusps. They’re similar to dental crowns, but they don’t cover your entire tooth. Instead, they simply restore the part of your tooth that’s affected.

Could Inlays or Onlays Be Right for You?

Inlays and onlays could be used to restore your tooth if:

  • You have a large cavity that requires additional repairs
  • Part of your tooth has been damaged
  • You have a misshapen tooth that can be restored without a crown

What to Expect During Treatment

An inlay or onlay procedure is done in a very similar way to a dental crown. First, Dr. Gabriel administers an anesthetic to make sure you’ll be comfortable during the procedure. He can also give you sedation if you’ve agreed on it beforehand.

Dr. Gabriel will then remove any infected areas of your tooth and prepare your tooth for its new part. After it’s ready, he’ll take an impression of the area to create the inlay or onlay. You’ll receive a temporary restoration until your inlay or onlay is ready.

Once your permanent restoration is ready, Dr. Gabriel can remove the temporary inlay or onlay and clean your tooth. Then, he’ll securely attach the inlay or onlay to your tooth.

Frequently Asked Questions

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