Inlays & Onlays | Dr. Jason Dittberner, DDS, PC
Dental inlays and onlays are useful for both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Usually, inlays and onlays are used when a dental filling is inadequate, but a dental crown is not required.
Inlays and onlays can be used to restore teeth that are damaged by injuries, tooth decay, or even periodontal disease. They’re durable and strengthen your teeth, making them a great way to restore your smile.
Interested in inlays and onlays from an experienced dentist in Flagstaff? Contact the office Dr. Jason Dittberner today at (928) 773-7900, or keep reading to learn more about this procedure.
What Are Inlays And Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are essentially the same. Both inlays and onlays use advanced ceramic or porcelain material to replace your enamel, and restore your tooth.
Inlays refer to treatments that only treat the interior of the tooth. It only fills the material between the “cusps”, the rounded edges of the tooth’s surface.
Onlays refer to treatments that cover more than just the interior of the tooth. If the chewing surface of the tooth must be replaced, an onlay is used.
The process of inlay and onlay treatment is quite similar to the process of a filling. Dr. Dittberner will remove damaged or decayed tooth material with a dental drill. Then, he will take measurements and images of the tooth, which will be used to craft the inlay or onlay.
A temporary tooth filling is or crown is used to cover the tooth. Once your inlay or onlay has been crafted, Dr. Dittberner will ensure it fits properly, then bond it into place with dental adhesive.
How Much Do Dental Inlays And Onlays Cost?
Dental inlays and onlays are usually quite affordable. While they typically cost more than a filling, they’re almost always much less expensive than a dental crown. This makes them a very popular choice for restoring teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay.
The average cost of a dental inlay or onlay treatment is around $900, according to Docshop. In addition, most insurance plans cover inlays and onlays, so you may end up paying quite a bit less.
To get an accurate estimate of the cost of inlays and onlays, you’ll need to consult with Dr. Dittberner. After assessing the health, location, and condition of your tooth, he can provide you with a much more accurate cost estimate.
What Are The Benefits Of Inlays And Onlays?
As both a restorative and cosmetic procedure, inlays and onlays have a variety of benefits. Let’s explore a few of these now.
- Strengthens the tooth – Fillings are often used as an alternative to inlays and onlays. However, large fillings actually weaken the structure of your tooth. In contrast, both dental inlays and onlays strengthen the structure of your tooth enamel, providing better results.
- Preserves most of your natural tooth structure – Dental crowns require the removal of much of your original tooth structure, so that the crown has a flat, stable platform to be bonded to. Onlays and inlays do not require the removal of additional healthy tooth enamel, so they’re less invasive.
- Inlays and onlays don’t shrink – Both composite and amalgam fillings have a tendency to “shrink” after being applied to the teeth. This can cause them to loosen and fall out, and encourage tooth decay. However, inlays and onlays do not shrink, and will remain in place for years to come.
- Durable and long-lasting – Crowns usually require replacement every 10-15 years, and fillings may require replacement after as little as 5 years. Inlays and onlays, in contrast, can easily last 20-30 years with proper care.
Interested In Inlays And Onlays? Come To The Office Of Dr. Jason Dittberner, DDS, PC Today!
Inlays and onlays are useful for treating a wide variety of cosmetic issues, and for restoring teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay. If you’re looking for Flagstaff cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Jason Dittberner is a great choice! With nearly 20 years of experience, Dr. Dittberner is an expert at the application of inlays and onlays, dentures and basic teeth whitening.
So whether you believe you’re suffering from tooth decay, or you’re simply looking to restore a damaged tooth, contact us for an appointment today at (928)773-7900, or visit our flagstaff dental office.