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Dental Inlays and Onlays Moodus, CT

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Classified between a tooth-colored filling and a full crown, an inlay or onlay can repair a decayed or damaged tooth. Used on pre-molars and molars, an inlay covers the indented middle of a tooth and onlays cover the tooth's rounded, upper edges. Like fillings and crowns, onlays and inlays can be created with different materials — porcelain, metal, and composite resin. Our seasoned team of dentists can help Moodus, CT patients understand crowns, fillings, onlays, and inlays before they make the best choice about treating their teeth at East Haddam Dental Associates.

Best Candidates

An inlay or onlay is a fantastic option when you've got a cracked tooth or a large cavity that's too big to get filled, but does not require the complete protection of a crown. At your exam, we may examine your x-rays to pick the ideal method for your needs. When an onlay or inlay is chosen, he will discuss the accessible materials which will best fit your requirements. You may even talk about whether you'd like a direct restoration (an onlay or inlay created in our office using CEREC technology while you wait) versus an indirect restoration created in a dental lab.

What To Expect

After applying numbing cream to your gums, we will begin by cleaning out regions of decay. Other techniques of sedation may be used in case you experience stress or a powerful gag reflex. When the enamel is cleaned, impressions will be produced from your tooth. If you're getting an inlay or onlay made in a dental lab, a temporary cover will be set until it is prepared. As soon as your inlay or onlay is ready, we will carefully set and then bond it on your tooth. We will polish the borders or adjust the fit so that your tooth is suitably coated and feels right.


If just local anesthesia is used, you can leave following your appointment and get back to your regular activities. You might experience mild discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for a couple of days once your onlay or inlay is placed. Please call East Haddam Dental Associates should you experience any issues following your treatment. Your inlay or onlay can be cared for like your own teeth using daily flossing and brushing. You need to schedule yearly dental examinations and twice yearly cleanings at East Haddam Dental Associates so we can evaluate the wear and health of the inlay or onlay. With appropriate maintenance, it ought to last for several years before repairing or replacing.

Insurance Coverage

Onlays and inlays are a frequent procedure for dental cavities and other issues, so they're generally paid in part by insurance. A team member can talk to your insurer to ascertain your particular policy prior to figuring out your personal expenses. Our dentists can personalize your procedure with restoration materials to go with your budget and needs. At your consultative appointment, we will discuss price quotes and payment types we take, such as low-cost medical financing.

Inlays and Onlays

Regardless of whether you pick an onlay or inlay, metal or ceramic, indirect or direct, it is important to deal with a damaged or decayed tooth before it turns into a debilitating and costly issue. Find out more about inlays and onlays to renew your mouth by making an appointment at East Haddam Dental Associates in Moodus, CT. We can help revive your smile using the very best remedy for your requirements.

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