Inlays and Onlays in Washington, D.C.

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What Are Dental Inlays and Onlays?

Classified somewhere between a tooth-colored filling and a crown, inlays and onlays can repair a decayed or damaged tooth. Used on the back teeth, an inlay covers the indented middle of a tooth and onlays cover the tooth's upper, rounded edges. Like dental fillings and crowns, onlays and inlays can be created with different materials, such as metal, porcelain, and composite resin. Our experienced dentists can help Washington, D.C. patients understand the difference between fillings, crowns, inlays, and onlays so they can make an informed decision about how to treat their teeth at Washington Elite Dentistry.

What Are the Benefits of Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays at Washington Elite Dentistry in Washington, DC encompass several benefits as minimally invasive and enduring dental treatments for fractured or decayed teeth, such as:

  • Retains more of the existing tooth as opposed to traditional dental crown treatments
  • Allows for sturdiness and long-lasting results
  • Resists blotching and yellowing, giving a subtly enhanced look
  • Minimizes the prospect of further decay or chipping by protecting the tooth
  • Allows for a less invasive alternative to standard dental crowns
  • Supports the strength and function of the tooth
  • Restores a comfortable and functional bite
  • Combines subtly with the adjoining teeth

Am I A Candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

An inlay or onlay is a good choice if you have a cracked tooth or a large cavity that is too big for a standard filling but does not need the complete protection of a crown. At your examination, our team will perform a thorough examination to determine the ideal method for your tooth. If an onlay or inlay is chosen, we will go over the available materials that will best meet your requirements.

What Can I Expect from Inlays and Onlays?

After applying a numbing cream or local anesthesia to the treatment region, we will begin by cleaning out areas of decay. Stronger methods of sedation can be used in case you have anxiety or a powerful gag reflex. When the enamel is cleaned, physical or digital impressions will be taken of the tooth. If you are receiving an indirect restoration, a temporary cover will be set until it is crafted. Once your onlay or inlay is ready, our team will carefully place and then bond it to your tooth. We will polish the edges or adjust the fit so that your tooth is properly coated and feels natural.

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Dr. Berman and her team consistently provide excellent dental care, performed in the comfort of pristine offices, located directly across from metro center.

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Restore a Damaged or Decayed Tooth

Whether you get an onlay or inlay, it is important to take care of a damaged tooth or cavity before it turns into a debilitating and expensive problem. Our team can help improve your oral health with the very best treatment for your requirements. Learn more about dental inlays and onlays to restore your mouth by scheduling a consultation at Washington Elite Dentistry in Washington, D.C.

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How do inlays and onlays differ from traditional fillings?

Inlays and onlays are often considered an intermediate solution between traditional fillings and dental crowns. While fillings are best suited for smaller cavities, inlays and onlays are often used for larger areas of decay or damage that don't warrant a full crown. For example, an inlay will cover the indented middle section of a back tooth, while an onlay will cover the tooth's upper, rounded edges. During your visit to Washington Elite Dentistry, our experienced dentists will help you understand which option is best suited for your specific dental needs.

Will my inlays or onlays match the color of my natural teeth?

Yes, one of the advantages of inlays and onlays is that they can be crafted from tooth-colored materials like porcelain or composite resin. This means they can be closely matched to the natural shade of your teeth, providing a seamless, natural look. We prioritize aesthetics alongside functionality to ensure you receive adequate treatment and maintain the beauty of your smile.

Can inlays and onlays crack or fall off?

While inlays and onlays are designed to be durable, they aren't invincible. Just like natural teeth and other dental restorations, they can crack or become dislodged if exposed to extreme force, such as biting down on hard foods. If this happens, it's important to get in touch with us immediately so we can assess the situation and discuss the next steps.

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