Inlays & Onlays in Maspeth
When patients have damage or decay too extensive for a composite or amalgam filling to repair or a damaged filling that needs to be replaced, they often believe a dental crown is their only option. This is not necessarily the case. In some situations, a more conservative option may be possible with an inlay or onlay. These restorations fit onto the tooth preserving structure similarly to a filling, but they are custom milled restorations much like a crown. An inlay or onlay is placed depending on where the decay or damage is in relation to the cusps, bumps on top of a tooth. Inlays fit between tooth cusps, and onlays fit over one or more cusps. Inlays and onlays allow patients to maintain more natural structure than a full crown, while returning the tooth to its full function.
An inlay or onlay is not always the right restoration option, but Dr. Lorber and his team assess your condition and determine the best solution for your unique smile. Because they are crafted in a ceramics lab, inlays and onlays require two visits to craft and place like a dental crown. At the initial appointment, we prepare your tooth by removing decay or old fillings, cleaning the area, smoothing the remaining healthy structure. We take a dental impression and send it to our trusted dental lab where technicians create custom inlays or onlays. The dentist helps you determine the best material for your smile, but in most cases, for teeth that are visible in your smile or while you speak, a white restoration is used. Back teeth absorb significant amounts of pressure, so a metal or porcelain fused to metal inlay or onlay may be indicated. While your custom restoration is being crafted, a temporary inlay or onlay is placed to protect your damaged tooth.
At the second appointment, Dr. Lorber removes the temporary and permanently attaches the custom inlay or onlay using dental cement to bond it into position. Finally we’ll make any necessary adjustments, seal the restoration in place, and polish your repaired tooth to ensure your bite fits together well and stays healthy for years to come.
Whether you’re in need of an inlay or onlay or any other restoration, Dr. Lorber and the Maspeth Dental team can help. We welcome patients from nearby communities including Glendale and Brooklyn.