Dental Inlays and Onlays in Joplin, MO

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Dental Inlays and Onlays Overview

Classified somewhere between a dental filling and a crown, inlays and onlays can fix a damaged tooth. Used on the back teeth, a dental inlay covers the concave center of a tooth while an onlay covers the tooth's upper, rounded edges. Like dental crowns and fillings, inlays and onlays can be made in several materials — metal, porcelain, and composite resin. Led by Dr. Brett Cotham, our talented dentists can help patients in Joplin, MO better understand tooth-colored fillings, crowns, inlays, and onlays so they can make the right decision about how to treat their tooth at 32nd Street Dental.

Best Candidates for Dental Inlays and Onlays

An onlay or inlay is a good choice if you have a chipped tooth or a large cavity that is too big to get filled but doesn't need the entire coverage of a crown. During your dental exam, our team can use your digital x-rays to determine the best procedure for your tooth. If an inlay or onlay is selected, we will explain the available materials that will best meet your requirements. You can also discuss whether you would prefer a direct restoration (an inlay or onlay made at our office with CEREC technology while you wait) or an indirect restoration made at a dental laboratory.

What To Expect from Dental Inlays and Onlays

After applying numbing cream or local anesthesia to the treatment area, one of our expert dentists will start by removing areas of decay. Stronger methods of sedation can be used if you have anxiety or a strong gag reflex. Once the tooth is cleaned, impressions will be made of the tooth. If you are receiving a restoration made in a lab, a temporary filling will be placed until it is prepared. Once your onlay or inlay is ready, we will carefully place and bond it onto your tooth. We may polish the edges or adjust the fit so your tooth is properly covered and feels comfortable.

Recovery for Dental Inlays and Onlays

If only local anesthesia was used, you will be able to leave after the procedure and return to your normal day. You may feel some discomfort, inflammation, or sensitivity for several days after your inlay or onlay is placed. Please contact 32nd Street Dental in the event you have any concerns after your procedure. Your onlay or inlay needs to be taken care of just like your natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing. You should schedule annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings at 32nd Street Dental so one of our expert dentists can assess the health and wear of your onlay or inlay. With good care, it should last for many years before replacing or repairing.

Insurance Coverage for Dental Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are a common treatment for dental decay and other problems so it's usually covered by dental insurance. We will contact your insurance provider to determine your specific coverage before calculating your out-of-pocket costs. Our team can customize your treatment with different materials to match your budget. In your consultation, we will go over cost estimates and payments we accept, including medical financing.

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Inlays and Onlays

Whether you choose an inlay or onlay, porcelain or metal, direct or indirect, it's important to take care of a decayed or damaged tooth before it becomes a painful and expensive problem. Learn more about onlays and inlays to restore your teeth by scheduling a consultation at 32nd Street Dental in Joplin, MO. Our experienced team will help improve your oral health with the best treatment for your needs.

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