Inlays and Onlays
Definition of Dental Inlays and Onlays
Inlays means using a filling to add layers to the inside of grooves or cuspids of a tooth. It is used on cavities and other decaying issues in a tooth. Materials can be metal, porcelain or a composite and are fitted inside the surface of a tooth or between teeth.
Onlays, on the other hand, uses the same materials, but the restoration is on the outside of the tooth. These are known as three-fourths crowns because they cover only partial of the tooth. Visit Dr. Savage in Redwood City to determine which restoration is most appropriate for you.
Cost of Dental Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays cost around $900 per tooth on an average. The treatment is covered by several insurance providers and we will work with you to make sure you get a package that is most beneficial to you. We explain the costs to you up front, so you are aware of what you will be expected to pay.
Advantages of Inlays and Onlays
Your dentist will explain the advantages of inlays and onlays. For example, you might have a cavity that is too large to be filled with traditional fillings. Therefore, an inlay would be the right choice. You also might have cavities that span more than one tooth and in between them. Onlays would work best for that. The benefits of inlays and onlays include having to avoid a crown if the tooth is not bad enough. Also, crowns cost more money and require shaving of the tooth. Onlays do not.
How Inlays and Onlays Are Performed
The inlay or onlay procedure is completed by a dental laboratory. Therefore, you will need two visits to complete your inlay or onlay. The dentist must remove the tooth decay and prepare the tooth. Not as much removal of the tooth is necessary with these two types of restorations, unlike crowns or veneers. A mold is taken and sent to the laboratory, which makes the inlay or onlay.
Patients don’t experience any inlay or onlay complications unless they crack or need to be replaced. You might experience inlay or onlay pain after placement, but this would be temporary. Also, the inlay or onlay remove the decay, so normally the pain is gone.
Inlays and Onlays with Dentist in Redwood City
If you have problems in your teeth, you should schedule your consultation with Dr. Savage in Redwood City soon. He can fix your problems with inlays or onlays depending on what you need. Redwood City Family Dentistry is here to help you. Call 650-367-8833 to make an appointment.
Redwood City Family Dentistry
Robert Savage, D.D.S.
1130 Hopkins Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94062
Monday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday - 9:00am to 5:00pm