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.
"Phillip C. Yancho, D.D.S., Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Traverse City, is more than a name or a dental practice. It is the gold standard of service, treatment, and care. From our very first phone call to the on-going dental experience, we are always in the hands of a friendly, professional family. Dental hygiene, education, and a spectrum of dental care give us good health. Even the front and back office staff are the best.Having relocated several times, we are delighted to have found a practice that uses not only the latest technology and diagnostics, but also engages the friendliest professionals among all our medical and service providers. In Traverse City, a mecca for excellent medical services, that is high praise."- R.H. / Google / Mar 17, 2017
"I have had dental issues my entire life. Dr. Yancho is by far the best dentist I have ever encountered. His practice is guided by what he feels is best for the patient, not predicated by insurance dictates or any third party interests. I was there yesterday and he rebuilt a badly damaged tooth. It looks perfect - I cannot believe how beautiful it looks and how good it feels. I'm 71 and only wish I had encountered him earlier in my life. An absolutely amazing exceptional dentist. I recommend him unreservedly."- S.Q. / Yelp / Jul 19, 2019
"Dr Yancho and his staff are the best ! He helped me with an emergent situation when I had a 'hot' tooth and came in his office to fix it himself!! Dr Yancho is a warm, welcoming person who is very knowledgeable, adept in his field and promotes education for dental students and his patients. He has helped veterans like me tremendously over the years. Much gratitude for him! Best dental practice in Northern MI. !!! I highly recommend him!! He absolutely is the BEST!!!"- N.J. / Facebook / Jun 12, 2019
"Dr. Yancho and his staff are caring and knowledgeable. I have a fear of needles when it comes to my mouth. Dr. Yancho has developed an amazing painless injection technique.Even if I move away from Traverse City, I will continue to return to him for my dental."- P.G. / Google / Jun 05, 2019
"I’m always impressed with your kindness, and understanding when it comes to my anxiety with dentists. Thanks for making me fee comfortable while you make my teeth look amazingly better, and the call back the following day to check in on me. Wish I had you in my younger years and maybe I wouldn’t have the anxiety I get when visiting the dentist. I do have to say I’m getting much better each time I go now. Thanks Again, Becky A."- B.A. / Facebook / Apr 25, 2019
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.
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.
Plan Your Procedure
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Restore, Renew, and Protect
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.