Dental Inlays and Onlays near Las Vegas, NV

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What are dental inlays and onlays?

Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV offers inlays and onlays to restore teeth that have been damaged from cavities or a dental fracture. Inlays and onlays are created when there is too much deterioration to use a traditional tooth-colored filling but not significant enough to use a dental crown. Used on molars and premolars, a dental inlay covers the concave middle of a tooth while an onlay covers the tooth's upper, rounded edges. Like dental crowns and fillings, onlays and inlays can be created with different materials — composite resin, metal, and porcelain. Leading cosmetic dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi has helped restore the smiles of countless Las Vegas patients so they can enjoy the confidence of having healthy, beautiful teeth. Contact our office today to learn more.

What are the Benefits Of Inlays And Onlays?

A customized inlay or onlay procedure by Dr. Tozzi remakes your beautiful smile with a number of great benefits, including:

  • Restores and strengthens teeth weakened by damage or decay
  • Enhances sturdiness and durability
  • Preserves more of your natural tooth
  • Lasts longer than traditional fillings
  • Provides a natural look
  • Covered by most dental insurance plans
  • Easy to care for with normal brushing and flossing

Am I a good candidate for inlays and onlays?

An inlay or onlay is a fantastic choice when you've got a cracked tooth or a large cavity that is too big to get filled but does not require the complete protection of a crown. At your dental exam, Dr. Tozzi will review your digital x-rays to decide on the best treatment for your tooth. If an inlay or onlay is chosen, she will go over the available materials that will best fit your needs and personal preferences. She will also take her time to answer your questions so you can make well-informed decisions regarding your treatment.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM inlays and onlays?

A dental inlay or onlay will generally be placed over the course of two appointments. The first will involve prepping your tooth and taking impressions, and the second will be for the final fitting of your restoration.

At the start of your initial appointment, a local anesthetic will be applied to numb the treatment area, and Dr. Tozzi will begin by cleaning out areas of decay. Stronger methods of sedation may be used if you have anxiety or a powerful gag reflex. Once the tooth is cleaned, impressions will be made of your tooth. If you are receiving a restoration made in a lab, a temporary cover will be set until it is prepared. Once your restoration is ready, a secondary appointment will be made so Dr. Tozzi can carefully place and then bond your inlay or onlay onto your tooth. She will then polish the borders and adjust the fit so your tooth is suitably covered. She will also check your bite to ensure the fit is comfortable and that it feels natural.

WHAT IS RECOVERY LIKE AFTER inlays and onlays?

If only local anesthesia was used, you can leave following the procedure and get back to your regular day. You may experience some discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for a few days after your inlay or onlay is placed, but this is normal. Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns after your treatment. Your dental inlay or onlay can be cared for just like your natural teeth using daily flossing and brushing. We recommend that you schedule yearly dental exams and biannual cleanings at Michaela Tozzi, DMD so Dr. Tozzi can evaluate the health and wear of your restoration. With appropriate maintenance, it should last for many years before repairing or replacing.

WILL INSURANCE COVER MY inlays and onlays?

Onlays and inlays are a common procedure for dental cavities and other issues so they are generally covered by insurance. We will talk to your insurance provider to acquire your specific policy prior to calculating your personal expenses. Dr. Tozzi will work with you to personalize your treatment with restoration materials that fit within your budget and needs. At your consultation, Dr. Tozzi will go over cost estimates and payment types we accept, such as medical financing.

Inlays and onlays FAQ

Is getting a dental inlay or onlay painful?

Most patients don't find the procedure painful. It is very similar to getting a filling or crown. Before she begins, Dr. Tozzi will completely numb the tooth with a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable while she works. If pain is a concern, Dr. Tozzi also offers sedation options to ensure your complete comfort during the procedure.

Do dental onlays and dental inlays look natural?

Yes, they do. Dr. Tozzi will choose a shade that matches the natural color of the tooth so the inlay or onlay blends in seamlessly, without affecting the tooth's color.

Are inlays and onlays better than fillings?

Inlays and onlays are ideal for patients with cavities that are too large for fillings. One isn't necessarily better than the other — it just depends on your unique needs. Dr. Tozzi will review your dental x-rays and may recommend inlays or onlays after a full examination at our office.

How long do inlays and onlays last?

Patients who maintain proper dental hygiene and attend regular examinations can expect their inlays and onlays to last for many years. This makes them an excellent long-term option for individuals with dental damage who want a safe and reliable option for restoration.

How much do inlays and onlays cost?

The cost of inlays and onlays varies from patient to patient based on a wide range of factors. A staff member at Michaela Tozzi, DMD, can provide detailed pricing information at the time of your consultation. If you have dental insurance, we can let you know what costs are covered.

restore damaged teeth

Whether you pick an inlay or onlay, it is important to deal with a damaged or decayed tooth before it turns into a painful and expensive issue. Learn more about onlays and inlays to restore your teeth by making a consultation at Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV. Dr. Tozzi and our team will help improve your smile by using the best treatment for your requirements. 

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