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What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are advanced dental restorations offered by Dr. Bhumika Patel at Rocky Hills Dentistry in Rocky Hill, New Jersey. They are used to repair teeth that have moderate decay or damage but are not so compromised that they require a full crown. Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns due to their ability to provide a durable and aesthetically pleasing restoration.

An inlay fits within the cusps (the rounded edges) of the tooth, similar to a traditional filling, but is fabricated outside of the mouth and then bonded to the tooth. An onlay, on the other hand, extends over one or more cusps, providing additional coverage and strength. Both inlays and onlays can be made from materials like porcelain, composite resin, or gold, with porcelain being the most popular due to its natural appearance.

How Rocky Hill Family Dentistry can help

Inlays and onlays offer numerous benefits for patients at Rocky Hills Dentistry. Here are some key advantages:

Durability and Strength: One of the primary benefits of inlays and onlays is their durability and strength. These restorations are designed to withstand significant chewing forces, making them an excellent choice for restoring molars and premolars. They are more durable than traditional fillings, often lasting many years with proper care.

Conservative Treatment: Inlays and onlays are a more conservative treatment option compared to full crowns. They preserve more of the natural tooth structure, which is beneficial for maintaining the overall health and integrity of the tooth. This minimally invasive approach is ideal for patients who want to retain as much of their natural tooth as possible.

Natural Appearance: Porcelain inlays and onlays are crafted to match the color and translucency of your natural teeth. This ensures that the restoration blends seamlessly with your smile, providing a natural and aesthetically pleasing result. Patients can smile confidently, knowing their dental work is virtually undetectable.

Improved Functionality: By restoring the damaged or decayed parts of a tooth, inlays and onlays help improve the tooth’s functionality. Patients can chew and bite with greater comfort and efficiency, which enhances their overall quality of life. This restoration also helps prevent further damage to the tooth, preserving its function over time.

Enhanced Oral Health: Inlays and onlays provide a precise fit, reducing the risk of bacteria and plaque accumulation around the restoration. This contributes to better oral health by minimizing the chances of further decay and gum disease. Maintaining good oral hygiene is easier with these restorations, promoting long-term dental health.

Customized Fit: Each inlay and onlay is custom-made to fit the unique shape and contours of your tooth. This ensures a snug and secure fit that enhances the comfort and effectiveness of the restoration. Dr. Patel takes great care to ensure that each inlay and onlay is tailored to meet the specific needs of her patients.

At Rocky Hills Dentistry, Dr. Bhumika Patel is committed to providing high-quality dental care that meets the unique needs of each patient. Inlays and onlays are an excellent option for those seeking a durable, natural-looking, and conservative solution for tooth restoration. If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel to explore how inlays and onlays can benefit your smile and oral health.

Inlays & Onlays in Rocky Hill, New Jersey - Rocky Hill Family Dentistry

Inlays & Onlays in Rocky Hill, New Jersey


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