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Advantages of Inlays and Onlays for Lasting Tooth Repair

  • Preservation of Natural Teeth: Inlays and onlays help preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, maintaining oral health and function.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Inlays and onlays are custom-made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and attractive smile.
  • Minimal Tooth Sensitivity: These restorations often cause less sensitivity compared to traditional fillings, offering greater comfort in daily activities like eating and drinking.
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    Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are more extensive than dental fillings but less so than caps and crowns. They are typically formed in a dental lab and are made of gold, porcelain or resin depending on the patient’s needs and aesthetic goals. An inlay refers to a restoration that is formed to fit the center of a tooth, whereas an onlay refers to a restoration that encompasses at least, one cusp of the tooth. Both inlays and onlays are bonded to the surface of damaged teeth and matched to the color of the surrounding teeth.

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    Understanding the Repair Choices

    Inlays vs. Onlays: Which One Do I Need?

    Trying to figure out if you need an inlay or an onlay? We’ve got you covered with a simple guide!


    Inlays are used when the damage or decay is confined within the cusps (the raised points) of the tooth. They fit into the prepared area of the tooth, like a puzzle piece.


    Onlays, sometimes called partial crowns, are used when the damage extends to one or more of the cusps of the tooth or the chewing surface. They cover more surface area than inlays, extending over the cusps and sometimes down the side of the tooth.

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    Diagnosis and Treatment

    What to Expect During Inlay and Onlay Treatment
    Wondering what happens during inlay and onlay treatment? Get ready for a simple guide on what to expect during the process.



    During your initial visit, Dr. Kutsikovich will examine your teeth to determine if inlays or onlays are suitable for your dental needs. These restorations are typically used to repair teeth with moderate damage or decay.



    If deemed appropriate, the next step involves preparing the affected tooth. This may involve removing any decayed or damaged portions and shaping the tooth to accommodate the inlay or onlay.



    Once the tooth is prepared, a precise impression of the tooth is taken. This impression is used to create a custom-fitted inlay or onlay that will perfectly match the shape and size of your tooth.


    Temporary Restoration

    While your custom restoration is being fabricated, a temporary filling or restoration may be placed to protect the tooth.



    Once the custom inlay or onlay is ready, usually in a subsequent visit, it is carefully placed and bonded to the tooth by Dr. Kutsikovich. The fit and alignment are checked to ensure proper function and aesthetics.


    Final Adjustments

    Any necessary adjustments are made to ensure the inlay or onlay fits comfortably and functions correctly within your bite.


    Final Polish

    Finally, the restoration is polished to match the sheen of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and natural appearance.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Got questions about inlays and onlays? Get simple answers here! Learn what they are, how they’re different, and if they’re right for you.
    What are inlays and onlays?
    Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used to repair teeth with moderate to severe damage. Inlays fit within the cusps of a tooth, while onlays extend over one or more cusps. They’re crafted from durable materials like porcelain or composite resin to restore strength and appearance.
    Unlike traditional fillings, which are molded into place during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab. This allows for a more precise fit and ensures a seamless blend with your natural teeth. Additionally, inlays and onlays offer greater strength and durability compared to fillings, making them ideal for larger cavities or damaged teeth.
    At Premier Dental Associates, we use high-quality materials like porcelain or composite resin for our inlays and onlays. These materials are not only durable but also customizable to match the shade and shape of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and aesthetically pleasing result.
    With proper care and maintenance, inlays and onlays can last for many years. It’s essential to practice good oral hygiene habits, including regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups, to prolong the lifespan of your dental restorations. Our team will provide you with personalized care instructions to help ensure the longevity of your inlays and onlays.
    Inlays and onlays are an excellent option for individuals with moderate to severe tooth damage or decay that cannot be adequately repaired with a filling. However, the suitability of these restorations depends on various factors, including the extent of damage, oral health status, and individual treatment goals. Schedule a consultation with our experienced dental team to determine if inlays and onlays are right for you.
    The process for receiving inlays and onlays typically involves two dental visits. During the first visit, our dentist will prepare the affected tooth by removing any decay and shaping it to accommodate the restoration. Impressions of the tooth will then be taken to create custom-fitted inlays or onlays. At the second visit, the permanent restoration will be bonded to the tooth, restoring its function and appearance.
    In many cases, dental insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost for inlays and onlays, especially if they are deemed necessary for restoring oral health. However, coverage can vary depending on your specific insurance plan and policy terms. Our team at Premier Dental Associates will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits and explore available financing options if needed.
    Inlays and onlays do not require any special care beyond regular oral hygiene practices. However, it’s essential to avoid habits that could potentially damage the restoration, such as chewing on hard objects or using your teeth as tools. Maintaining good oral hygiene and attending regular dental check-ups will help ensure the longevity of your inlays and onlays.
    While inlays and onlays are designed to be durable, they may occasionally require replacement if damaged or worn over time. Our dental team can assess the condition of your restorations during routine check-ups and recommend replacement if necessary. With proper care, your inlays and onlays can provide lasting protection and restoration for your teeth.
    Yes, there are alternative treatment options available depending on the specific needs of your dental restoration. For smaller cavities or minor damage, fillings may be sufficient. For more extensive damage, crowns may be recommended. During your consultation at Premier Dental Associates, our experienced dentists will evaluate your oral health and discuss the best treatment options tailored to your individual needs and preferences.

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    Rita Kutsikovich DDS, MSH
    Dr. Rita Kutsikovich, DDS, MPH., is a specialist in the field of prosthodontics and offers a wide array of services and treatments in specialized dentistry. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University for her undergraduate training and immediately advanced to Dental School at the Medical College of Virginia, completed the four year doctoral degree program in 2001, and became a licensed dentist.
    She went on to pursue additional specialized education for three more years and graduated in 2004 from University of Pittsburgh with Masters Degree in Public health and Certificate in Prosthodontics. During those three years she has also managed to earn her Diplomate Status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists , DICOI (www.icoi.org to find out more about the requirements to earn the status of DICOI). Her rigorous training enabled her with the expertise to provide comprehensive, complex treatments for patients.

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