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inlays and Onlays in Traverse City, MI

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About Inlays/Onlays

Inlays and onlays are sometimes referred to as laboratory fabricated fillings. These are like partial crowns that are utilized when there is still a healthy enamel portion of the tooth. An inlay is used when there is no damage to any of the cusps of your tooth, and is essentially placed within these cusps. An onlay is used when there is slightly more extensive damage to the tooth structure. This type of restoration is placed over at least one of the cusps on the tooth. The main advantage of inlays and onlays by board-certified dentist Dr. Phillip Yancho is the longevity of the restoration. Restorations may be fabricated directly in the dental office by a milling machine (CEREC same-day restorations). These are computer designed and manufactured, and do not require a second appointment or a temporary as their main advantage. Most inlays and onlays are completed in a single visit, and all the appointments are conveniently conducted at Yancho Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Traverse City, MI.

What to Expect

A dental inlay or onlay usually takes 2 visits to the dentist’s office. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the damaged tooth or teeth and take impression molds that will be sent to a dental laboratory. Once the custom inlay or only is made at the lab and returned to the dentist, the patient will come in to have their inlay or onlay placed, fitted, and bonded.

Treatment Aftercare

Once the inlay or onlay is bonded to the tooth, patients should not need to alter their home oral care routine. Inlays and onlays should be brushed with the natural teeth at least twice a day and flossed at least once a day. The inlay or onlay may wear down over time and need to be replaced. Patients should continue to see their dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings and an annual exam where the dentist can check the integrity of their inlay or onlay.

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If you are concerned about the strength and health or your teeth, ask your dentist about custom-made inlays and onlays. With more coverage and protection than a filling, but a more conservative approach than a crown, indirect fillings can be a great option.

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