Dental Inlays & Onlays Brooklyn NY

When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, a dentist will often use an inlay or onlay.

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.

Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth.

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How are inlays and onlays applied?

Inlays and onlays require two appointments to complete the procedure. During the first visit, the filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. To ensure proper fit and bite, an impression of the tooth is made by the dentist, and sent to a lab for fabrication. The dentist will then apply a temporary sealant on the tooth and schedule the next appointment.

At the second appointment, the temporary sealant is removed. Dr. Shah or Dr. Moses will then make sure that the inlay or onlay fits correctly. If the fit is satisfactory, the inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished to a smooth finish.

Considerations for inlays and onlays

Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50 percent. As an alternative, inlays and onlays, which are bonded directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins, can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75 percent. As a result, they can last from 10 to 30 years. In some cases, where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire crown, onlays can provide a very good alternative.

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Downtown Dental

5 out of 5 stars based on 12 Inlays & Onlays reviews

Patient Review By G S

Dr. Saddia Patton is the best dentist I ever had. She is friendly and caring and takes her time to explain and listen. She has a gentle touch when she works on a tooth and it never hurts even though I opt out of local anesthesia. She also does a great job sculpting and polishing fillings until they feel like they are just part of the tooth. I almost look forward to going to the dentist now. I never thought I’d say that.

- G S

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Patient Review By Katherine S

Saddia Patton is really great and thorough! My experience was very pleasant and easy, would definitely recommend her!

- Katherine S

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Patient Review By Sindy R

Doctor is very friendly and has excellent bedside manners! She is warm and actually listens to what you like and dislike! Best dental practice in the city.

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Patient Review By Nila N

I always recommend Downtown Dental to colleagues and friends!

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Patient Review By Mick Y

Good experience.

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Patient Review By Kevin G

Always nice to see you and thanks for being efficient.

- Kevin G

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Patient Review By Michele B

An excellent all around experience. Incredibly friendly staff, combined with a warm, highly experienced dentist. I would recommend without reservation.

- Michele B

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Patient Review By Bradley P

I originally came in to fix my broken front tooth after an accident. Dr. Patton didn’t try to sell expensive treatment but bonded my tooth the same day and with a minimally invasive procedure. I was surprised it could be fixed that easily. Ever since then I’ve been a loyal patient and not planning on going elsewhere for my dental treatment. Highly recommend!

- Bradley P

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Patient Review By Nicole D

Such a beautiful and pristine office. Dr. S is so warm, professional and gentle! Love, love my dentist! Who would of thought that a visit to a dentist could be

- Nicole D

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Patient Review By Eleanor S

If you are afraid to go to the dentist Dr. Sadia is the dentist for you! She has a light and fun manner and she is very gentle and skilled. She also has a great sense of humor. Her office is modern and bright.

- Eleanor S

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Patient Review By PBHS T

Everything was done promptly and with the utmost professionalism. Highly recommended.


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Patient Review By PBHS T

A great experience, from start to finish!


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