Inlays and Onlays
Fillings and crowns used to be the primary form of treatment for teeth that have been affected by decay. While effective, crowns require the removal of a large amount of healthy dental tissue in order to be placed. Inlays and Onlays were developed to make it possible to treat decay and restore a tooth to healthy function without the need to remove a large amount of material. Dr. Jesse Hofen provides this service to the local Scarsdale community from our location on Central Park Avenue.
What Are The Benefits Of This Restorative Procedure?
- Conservative Restoration – When compared to other restorations, such as dental crowns, inlays, and onlays are more conservative. They require the removal of less natural dental tissue and preserve a great amount of your natural enamel.
- Enhanced Durability & Strength – The material used in the creation of inlays and onlays enhances the strength of a tooth by as much as 75%. This creates a restoration that can endure 20 to 30 years before needing repair or replacement.
- Aesthetically Pleasing Results – Inlays and Onlays use materials that mimic the appearance of natural enamel. This material can be shaped and tinted to match your original smile, making it a perfect replacement for amalgam fillings.
- Improved Margins with Reduced Expansion – One fault with amalgams is their responsiveness to temperature. As they get colder, they’ll contract; when they get warmer, they’ll expand, causing the tooth to become weak or to fracture.
- One Visit Results – Using CAD/CAM technology, these restorations can be made in the dental office in just one visit. This makes them one of the easiest and most convenient treatments available.
Questions You Can Ask Dr. Hofen About Inlays and Onlays
During your appointment with our practitioners, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and how you’ll benefit from it. Below is a selection of the more frequent questions that are asked, but feel free to ask those that come to mind.
What’s The Difference Between a Crown and An Onlay/Inlay?
Placing a crown requires the removal of a majority of the existing tooth to create a mount for the crown. Inlays and onlays conform to the existing tooth to effect repair while removing a minimal amount of material.
Are There Any Drawbacks To Getting an Inlay or Onlay?
Inlays and onlays are all about advantages and are superior to other options when they are an available choice.
What Is The Difference Between an Inlay and Onlay?
The only real difference between an Inlay and Onlay is size. As the smaller of the two, the inlay only covers the cusps on the surface of the tooth. With an onlay, part of the outside of the tooth is covered, as well as one or more cusps.
If you want to learn more about these restorative dentistry procedures, it’s time to call Scarsdale Dental Team and make an appointment with Dr. Jesse Hofen or another of our practitioners. You can reach us by calling 412-758-1864 or stopping by our offices at 495 Central Park Avenue in Scarsdale, NY.