What are inlays and onlays?
Greenpoint, Brooklyn inlays and onlays are conservative restorative treatments for teeth with large fractures or high levels of decay. They cover more of your tooth than a filling, but they’re not as extensive as a crown.
An inlay repairs damage between the tooth’s cusps, while an onlay covers more of your tooth and extends to the cusps of your tooth. Both inlays and onlays have strength and protection similar to a crown, but preserve more of your healthy tooth structure. Inlays and onlays are preferred alternatives to crowns as they maintain the healthy parts of your tooth and minimize the risk of needing a root canal in the future.
Preparing for an inlay or onlay
Before placing inlays and onlays in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, we remove decayed, fractured, and damaged portions of your tooth. We then clean and sanitize the area so that it’s ready for your inlay or onlay.
What to expect after your inlay or onlay
One of the great things about dental inlays and onlays in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is that they don’t require any special care; you can brush and floss them like normal. It’s normal for your teeth or gums to feel sore and sensitive after we place your inlay or onlay. This usually subsides within a few days. Warm salt water rinses, sensitive toothpaste, and over-the-counter pain medicines (like ibuprofen and acetaminophen) can help keep you comfortable.
How do inlays and onlays improve your oral health?
When you don’t repair a damaged tooth, the damage will worsen, affecting the health of the tooth and your oral health. Unchecked tooth damage can spread to your mouth’s tissues, leading to an infection. A severely infected tooth may require a root canal or tooth extraction. Once you extract a tooth, you’re likely to experience complications associated with a missing tooth, like jawbone loss and gum recession. Greenpoint, Brooklyn dental inlays and onlays repair your damaged tooth so that it doesn’t affect your other teeth or cause additional oral health problems.
What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays have numerous benefits that make them ideal for repairing damaged or decaying teeth:
Inlays and onlays can strengthen your teeth
A dental inlay or onlay uses durable materials that help reinforce and strengthen your damaged tooth. The bonding process that we use to attach the inlay or onlay will bolster your tooth and minimize the progression of fractures.
Inlays and onlays have long lifespans
Greenpoint, Brooklyn inlays and onlays can last 10 to 20 years, making them a terrific alternative for long-term dental restoration.
You can fix your tooth in a single appointment
Thanks to our innovative dental technology, we can repair and restore your tooth in just one visit.
Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are used to repair teeth damaged by tooth decay and fractures. We use inlays and onlays for teeth with damage that’s too extensive for a dental filling.
Other related treatments.
Our restorative dental treatments are designed to bring your a natural smile.
Fill in gaps in your smile, including spaces between missing and real teeth.
Strengthen and restore the appearance of your tooth.
Custom-made, synthetic teeth that replace your missing teeth.
Repair small holes, or cavities, in your tooth.
Eliminate swollen, sore, bleeding gums and bad breath.
Gum Disease Treatment
Replace a lost or extracted tooth and improve oral health.
Save an infected tooth from extraction.
Root Canal Treatment
Our philosophy for dentistry is simple and straightforward. We aim to provide care that is in your best interest. This means we are transparent and non judgemental, kind and empathetic. We have multiple specialists in house as we feel that this is the best way to provide comprehensive care to our patients.
Our office is relaxing and spa-like because let's face it, no one loves going to the dentist. We're trying to change that by providing a soothing environment for oral care.
Dr. Vicky Athanasiou
Founder, General Dentist