Inlays and Onlays
in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Robert E. Lane D.M.D.

Dr. Robert LaneWhat Are Dental Inlays?

Dental inlays are fillings that can fill your cavities with a material that matches your tooth color. Leaving metal fillings behind, this new technique offers the possibility of filling your tooth with natural looking dental fillings. Dental inlays offer you a virtually invisible dental restoration. What Do Dental Inlays Do? Dental inlays help repair the chewing surface of your tooth. In particular, dental inlays are used to restore the teeth that have other restoration options, such as traditional metal fillings. Dental inlays are available in virtually every color to match the color of your tooth with either composite resin or porcelain. Gold dental inlays are also available. They are all more durable than amalgam or composite fillings.

Reasons for Dental Inlays

As opposed to dental crowns and traditional fillings, dental inlays offer a more conservative, aesthetic, lasting solution for:

  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings
  • Broken teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancements

How Dental Inlays Work?

On your first visit Dr. Robert. Lane D.M.D. will remove the decayed portion of your tooth or teeth receiving dental inlays. An impression of your tooth/teeth will then be sent to the laboratory to create your unique dental inlays. In the meantime, you will receive a temporary restoration. The temporary restoration is placed to protect your teeth and allow you to chew comfortably and safely while you wait for your dental inlays. Once your dental inlays are ready, Dr. Lane will ensure they fit correctly and secure them in place.

Inlays vs. Metal Fillings

Inlays are quickly becoming the preferred method to restore tooth decay or fractures because they are a more aestheticly pleasing option for fillings and also fortify your natural teeth with greater strength.

  • Dental inlays, as opposed to metal fillings, allow Dr. Lane to preserve more of your natural tooth/teeth
  • Dental inlays look completely natural
  • Dental inlays make your teeth stronger, as opposed to metal fillings that tend to weaken them
  • Dental inlays do not contract or expand with hot or cold foods, as opposed to metal fillings which can eventually crack your teeth
  • Dental inlays are much more durable than metal fillings

Caring for Dental Inlays

Because your dental inlays blend seamlessly with your tooth, you must care for them the same way you care for your natural teeth. Maintain good oral hygiene by flossing and brushing every day. Visiting Dr. Lane regularly will also help in avoiding dental problems.

Benefits of Dental Inlays

Dental inlays are a new alternative for dental restoration that provides patients a more natural-looking filling. They offer many advantages, including being an alternative to dental crowns.

  • Dental inlays provide a superior fit since they are molded exclusively for your teeth
  • As opposed to other fillings, dental inlays will not discolor over time
  • Dental inlays provide a seamless solution to repair tooth decay without affecting your functions

What Are Onlays?

Dental onlays are used to restore fractures or decay when composite restorations are inadequate. Similar to an inlay, onlays are dental restorations which incorporate cusps by onlaying the missing cusps. Dental onlays allow for a better conservation of tooth structure.

What Do Dental Onlays Do?

Dental onlays are indirect fillings that offer patients a well-fitting, durable, and stronger repair for tooth decay or other structural damage such as fractures. Although dental onlays are also restoration fillings, they do not go inside the tooth as inlays do. Dental onlays go “on” the teeth, including at least one cusps on the tooth. This provides fuller coverage for the biting surface and a more conservative solution in comparison to dental crowns.

Reasons for Dental Onlays

While at first dental crowns and traditional fillings may seem like the best value option, dental onlays provide a more conservative, aesthetic solution for:

  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings
  • Broken teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancements

How Dental Onlays Work?

Similar to dental inlays, on your first visit, Dr. Lave D.M.D. creates a dental filling mold which is prepared in the laboratory before it is fitted and then bonded to the damaged tooth. Dental onlays are bonded to the entire biting surface on one or more points (cusps) of the damaged tooth. At this point, temporary dental onlays are placed to protect your teeth and provide you comfort while chewing. Once your dental onlays are ready, the temporary one is removed, and the permanent dental onlays will be placed to test for support. Then, your dental onlays will be bonded onto your teeth, and the margins will be polished to guarantee comfort.

Caring for Dental Onlays

Dental onlays often cover the biting surface of your tooth, which means you have to take care of them as you would your natural teeth. It is imperative to maintain a good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and using oral wash every day.

Benefits of Dental Onlays

Besides being a more conservative option for dental crowns, dental onlays offer a broad range of benefits for patients, including:

  • Easier cleaning since they are tailor-made for your tooth
  • Dental onlays are less likely to discolor
  • They provide a seamless fit since dental onlays will not shrink or expand
  • Dental onlays provide more natural tooth preservation
  • They provide stability and strength, thanks to their superior fit

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