inlays and Onlays in Arlington Heights, IL

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Classified between a tooth-colored filling and a full crown, an inlay or onlay can repair a decayed or damaged tooth. Used on pre-molars and molars, an inlay covers the indented middle of a tooth and onlays cover the tooth's rounded, upper edges. Like fillings and crowns, onlays and inlays can be created with different materials — porcelain, metal, and composite resin. Springer/Orser Dentistry can help Arlington Heights, IL patients understand crowns, fillings, onlays, and inlays before they make the best choice about treating their teeth at our practice.

Best Candidates

An inlay or onlay is a fantastic option when you've got a cracked tooth or a large cavity that's too big to get filled, but does not require the complete protection of a crown. During your dental exam, we may examine your x-rays to pick the ideal method for your needs. If an onlay or inlay is chosen, we will discuss the available materials that will best fit your requirements. You could even talk about whether you'd like a direct restoration (an onlay or inlay created in our office using CEREC technology while you wait) versus an indirect restoration created in our in-house dental lab by our certified lab technician.

What To Expect

After applying numbing cream to your gums, your treatment will begin with cleaning out the regions of decay. Other techniques of sedation may be used in case you experience stress or a powerful gag reflex. When the enamel is cleaned, impressions will be produced from your tooth. If you're getting an inlay or onlay made in a dental lab, a temporary cover will be set until it is prepared. As soon as your inlay or onlay is ready, it will be carefully set and then bonded onto your tooth. We will polish the borders or adjust the fit so that your tooth is suitably coated and feels right.


If just local anesthesia is used, you can leave following your appointment and get back to your regular activities. You might experience mild discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for a couple of days once your onlay or inlay is placed. Please call our office if you experience any issues following your treatment. Your inlay or onlay can be cared for like your own teeth using daily flossing and brushing. You also should schedule yearly dental examinations and twice yearly cleanings so the wear and health of the inlay or onlay can be evaluated. With appropriate maintenance, it ought to last for several years before repairing or replacing.

Insurance Coverage

Onlays and inlays are a common procedure for dental cavities and other issues, so they're generally paid in part by insurance. A team member can talk to your insurer to ascertain your particular policy prior to figuring out your personal expenses. At Springer/Orser Dentistry, we can personalize your procedure with restoration materials that fit your budget and needs. At your consultative appointment, a member of our team will discuss price quotes and payment types we take, such as low-cost medical financing.

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Inlays and Onlays

Regardless of whether you pick an onlay or inlay, metal or ceramic, indirect or direct, it is important to deal with a damaged or decayed tooth before it turns into a debilitating and costly issue. Find out more about inlays and onlays to renew your mouth by making an appointment at our practice in Arlington Heights, IL. Our trained dental team can help revive your smile using the very best remedy for your requirements.

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