Inlays and Onlays in Glastonbury, CT

Inlays and Onlays in Glastonbury, CT

When you have tooth decay that you’ve been ignoring, it isn’t uncommon for a tooth or two to break while eating. Fortunately, our dentist at Steven F. Hinchey, DMD, can save teeth that break by using inlays or onlays.

What is an Inlay or Onlay?

An inlay or onlay is known as an indirect filling because a dental laboratory manufactures them so that our dentist in Glastonbury, CT, can apply them to the teeth. An inlay goes between the cusps of a tooth, on the surface of the chewing area. An onlay fits over the cusps and replaces part of the tooth.

Most of these tooth restoration pieces go on the back teeth, which are the premolars or molars since they are larger restorations.

Inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of materials. Many people choose porcelain or composite because they blend in with the color of their teeth. Our dentists will use a shade chart to pick the shade closest to your teeth and order it from the lab.

Ordering Inlays and Onlays

After removing the decay from your tooth or teeth, Dr. Hinchey will take images and impressions of your teeth from which to order the inlays or onlays. A temporary filling will go on the tooth, and you will be sent home to wait for the restorations.

Depending on the material, the inlays or onlays can take two to six weeks to arrive at our offices. When they arrive, our dentist near you in Glastonbury, CT, will bond the pieces to your teeth. Dr. Hinchey will use dental cement and harden it with ultraviolet light so that it stays in place. With care, these pieces can last 20 to 30 years.

Taking Care of Inlays and Onlays

To clean your restorations, you should brush them like the rest of your teeth, along with flossing daily. Avoid eating sticky foods like candies or hard foods like nuts. Remember to visit our dental office in Glastonbury, CT, to check on your restorations.

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