Inlay and Onlays  Charlotte, NC

Inlays and Onlays: Durable Restorations at Scott A. Young DDS

At Scott A. Young DDS in Charlotte, NC, we specialize in inlays and onlays as part of our commitment to preserving as much of your natural tooth as possible. These restorations are ideal for teeth that have moderate decay or damage that doesn't warrant a full crown but is too extensive for a traditional filling.

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations, meaning they are fabricated outside of the mouth and then bonded to the tooth. An inlay fits within the cusps (or bumps) of a tooth, similar to a filling, while an onlay extends over one or more cusps of the tooth. These restorations can be made from various materials, including porcelain, composite resin, and gold.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays:

  • Durability: Stronger and longer-lasting than fillings, inlays and onlays can significantly extend the life of a tooth.
  • Conservation of Tooth Structure: Less invasive than a crown, they require less removal of the tooth structure.
  • Aesthetic Match: Made from tooth-colored materials, they offer a natural appearance.
  • Improved Oral Health: By restoring damaged or decayed areas, they help maintain overall tooth integrity and health.

Frequently Asked Questions About Inlays and Onlays

Q: How are inlays and onlays different from fillings?
A: While fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are created in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth. They offer a stronger, more durable solution for tooth restoration.
Q: How long does the process take?
A: Getting an inlay or onlay typically requires two visits. The first visit involves preparing the tooth and taking an impression, and the second visit involves placing and bonding the restoration to the tooth.
Q: Are inlays and onlays noticeable?
A: Inlays and onlays are designed to match the color and appearance of your natural teeth closely. They are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Q: How do I care for my inlays or onlays?
A: Care for inlays and onlays as you would your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups to ensure they last as long as possible.
Q: How much do inlays and onlays cost?
A: The cost can vary based on the material used and the extent of the damage being repaired. During your consultation, we'll provide a detailed estimate based on your specific needs.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Explore whether inlays or onlays are the right solution for your dental restoration needs by scheduling a consultation at Scott A. Young DDS in Charlotte, NC. Our team is here to help you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile. Call us at (704) 541-5900 or visit our website to learn more.

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