Dr. Desbordes offers Inlays and Onlays for a permanent and highly durable treatment for tooth decay. Inlays & Onlays are best used to treat tooth decay or cracks in the cusp, or chewing surface of the tooth.
Made from gold or porcelain, inlays are used to repair minor damage to the tooth, onlays are used for more advanced decay and can cover a larger surface area. Inlays or Onlays can help stabilize the tooth to prevent loss.
Dental Fillings Versus Inlays & Onlays Versus Crowns
What’s the difference between dental fillings, inlays and onlays, and dental crowns? A dental filling can be used for minor cavities. A dental inlay or onlay can be used for more aggressive cavities, but not severe tooth decay. Dental crowns are used to address major tooth decay, and to protect the tooth after a root canal procedure.
Benefits of Inlays & Onlays
Prevents further damage
Repairs chips, cracks, and decay
Prevent tooth loss
If you are experiencing tooth pain, or have a chipped or cracked tooth, it is important to schedule a visit to our Woodlawn, MD dentist office as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment of a damaged tooth can help save you from tooth loss or further damage to your teeth and gums.
A trusted dentist in Baltimore MD, Dr. Desbordes provides state-of-the-art comprehensive dentistry for patients of all ages. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Desbordes can help restore your smile.
Excellent and outstanding professional dental care. Dr. Desbordes has an excellent staff who is polite, compassionate and professional. I would highly recommend this Dentist. Dr. Desbordes is a caring professional doctor. He's patient and takes time with his clients.Eunice J.
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Dental Inlays & Onlays What to Expect
An inlay or onlay procedure requires at least two visits to our Woodlawn, MD dentist office. Dr. Desbordes will first prepare the tooth during the first visit. On the second visit, he will permanently place the inlay or onlay for a long-term solution to your tooth’s decay.
An inlay or onlay is an ideal method for treating dental decay or fractures. Inlays and onlays provide patients with stable and long-term durability as well as a strong seal to prevent further damage to the tooth. The inlay or onlay can help protect your tooth from future decay or damage.
1st Visit: During your first visit for an inlay or onlay Dr. Desbordes will thoroughly clean the decayed area. The decay will be removed and the tooth cleaned. Dr. Desbordes will then use a biocompatible filler to fill in the area to help support the foundation of the tooth and prevent further decay or fractures. Once the tooth is prepared, a mold impression will be taken of the tooth. This impression will be sent to our local dental lab to be custom fabricated.
2nd Visit: On your second visit your new custom-designed restoration will be secured to the tooth. Dr. Desbordes uses the latest in dental materials which can be custom-designed to blend in with your natural smile. Your inlay or onlay will be permanently attached to your tooth helping to stabilize your oral foundation.
No. The procedure of getting a dental inlay or onlay placed does not typically cause pain. This is due to the fact that we use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth before the procedure begins. You will feel minor discomfort after leaving the dentist office because your mouth is slowly recovering from the anesthesia. Your affected tooth may be temporarily sensitive to hot and cold foods for a couple of days after treatment.
There is a very low chance of an inlay or onlay falling off without provocation. Especially if you practice excellent oral hygiene. The only reasons for this to happen are poor oral hygiene, trauma to the affected tooth by chewing on hard foods or an accident, and an inlay or onlay placed incorrectly.
The lifespan of an effective inlay and onlay restoration will depend on how well you care for your mouth and oral health. These restorations can last anywhere between five to twenty years, or even longer. There are many factors that contribute to the life of your inlay and onlay, but you will not need routine replacements as long as you are practicing a great oral health routine and visiting the dentist regularly.