If you’re experiencing toothaches or any other sign that something may be wrong with one of your teeth, don’t hesitate to come see our Madison dentist. We will perform a thorough exam and determine if one of your teeth is in need of care. If your tooth is too damaged to be repaired by a tooth-colored filling, but is still salvageable, we may recommend an inlay or onlay.
A dental inlay or onlay is used to repair a tooth that can’t be repaired by a filling, but isn’t bad enough to require a dental crown. To discuss dental inlays/onlays as a way to repair your teeth, please contact our Madison dentist at Maple Grove Dental today. Call us at (608) 588-8598.
What Are Dental Inlays/Onlays
At Maple Grove Dental, we use dental inlays and onlays because they are one of the strongest options available for tooth restoration. They are also an ideal choice because we make them out of porcelain or composite resin so they are tooth-colored and easily blend in with your smile. Rather than removing more of the healthy tooth and placing a crown, an inlay or onlay keeps as much of the healthy tooth as possible and simple covers the areas between chewing surfaces, known as the cusps.
A dental inlay is placed on the top of the tooth, in-between the cusps, whereas onlays are used to cover more than one cusp.
To determine if you need dental inlays or onlays, our Madison dentist, Dr. James Tauschek, will first take digital X-rays to discover exactly which areas of your tooth need to be repaired. Then, we will prepare your tooth as best as we can for the inlay or onlay and take an impression of the prepared tooth. This impression will be sent to a dental lab so a perfectly fitting, customized inlay/onlay can be made. The inlay/onlay will also be custom-matched to your tooth color.
While waiting for your dental inlay/onlay to be made, we will fit you with a temporary filling. After the inlay or onlay is formed, we will fit it to your tooth, ensuring that it blends in seamlessly with your bite and your smile.
Madison Dentist You Can Trust
At Maple Grove Dental, our motto is lasting smiles begin here. With this in mind, we approach all of our patients in the same way – with a personal approach and an honest desire to help you achieve your health and aesthetic goals. We proudly provide dental inlays and onlays because they can be blended into your smile’s shape and color and are a strong solution that will help us retain as much of your healthy tooth as possible. When you or a family member is in need of dental care, please contact our Madison dentist for a consultation by calling (608) 588-8598.