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inlays and Onlays in Chicago and Hinsdale, IL

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What are Inlays and Onlays?

Classified somewhere between a dental filling and a full crown, inlays and onlays can treat a damaged tooth. Used on the back teeth, an inlay covers the indented middle of a tooth and onlays cover the tooth's upper, rounded edges. Like dental crowns and fillings, onlays and inlays can be created with several materials — porcelain, composite resin, and metal. Dentist Dr. Jeffrey Weller can help Chicago and Hinsdale, IL patients understand tooth-colored fillings, crowns, onlays, and inlays before they make the right decision about treating their teeth at Weller Dental.

What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays at Weller Dental in Chicago, IL provide multiple advantages as minimally invasive and long-lasting oral restorations for damaged or diseased teeth, including:

  • Preserves a larger portion of the natural enamel as opposed to conventional dental crowns
  • Provides resilience and lasting protection
  • Avoids staining and yellowing, providing a subtly enhanced appearance
  • Minimizes the possibility of ongoing decay or chipping by protecting the tooth
  • Allows for a less invasive alternative to standard dental crowns
  • Augments the resilience and durability of the tooth
  • Offers a comfortable and functional bite
  • Combines well with your nearby teeth

Am I Candidate?

An onlay or inlay is a fantastic option when you've got a chipped tooth or a large cavity that's too big to get filled, but does not require the entire protection of a crown. At your dental exam, Dr. Weller can examine your x-rays to determine the ideal procedure for your needs. If an onlay or inlay is chosen, he will explain the available materials that will best meet your requirements.

What Can I expect?

After applying numbing cream or local anesthesia to your gums, Dr. Weller will begin by cleaning out 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. Following this step the restoration is being made in a lab,  so a temporary cover will be set until it is prepared. As soon as your onlay or inlay is ready, Dr. Weller will carefully set and then bond it on your tooth. He will polish the borders or adjust the fit so that your tooth is suitably coated and feels right.

What is the Follow Up?

If just local anesthesia is used, you will be able to leave following your appointment and get back to your regular activities. You might experience mild discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for several days once your onlay or inlay is placed. Please call Weller Dental in the event you experience any issues following your treatment. Your onlay or inlay needs to be taken care of like your own teeth using daily flossing and brushing. You also need to schedule yearly dental examinations and twice yearly cleanings in Weller Dental so Dr. Weller can evaluate the wear and health of the onlay or inlay. With good maintenance, it ought to last for several years before repairing or replacing.

Can I use my Insurance?

Onlays and inlays are a common procedure for dental cavities and other problems, so they are generally paid in part by insurance. We can talk to your insurer to ascertain your particular policy prior to figuring out your personal expenses. Dr. Weller can personalize your procedure with restoration materials to match your budget and needs. In your consultative appointment, a member of our financial team will discuss price quotes and payment options we take, such as low-cost medical financing.

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Average Cost  
From $1,050
Recovery Time  
2 Hours
How Long It Takes  
1 Hour
Follow Up Time  
2 - 3 Weeks
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Inlays and Onlays FAQ

How do I clean my teeth after treatment?
Inlays and onlays can be cleaned the same as regular teeth. Cleaning is of utmost importance to the long-term success of your treatment. After your dental procedure at Weller Dental, patients should brush their teeth using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste twice daily. Patients are advised not to use their teeth as tools to prevent damage.

How long do inlays and onlays last?
On average, most inlays and onlays can last anywhere from 20 – 30 years. Our team will provide you with recommendations on how to care for your restoration so that it lasts as long as possible. If you think you may be a candidate for inlays and/or onlays, contact our Chicago or Hinsdale, IL office to speak with a member of our team.

How much do inlays and onlays cost?
The cost of inlays and onlays varies depending on the extent of your treatment. Patients with dental insurance should contact their providers to find out if inlays and onlays will be covered. Weller Dental can provide a full estimate of your treatment plan during an initial assessment. We are happy to help you find alternatives or work with your budget to find something that is right for your needs.

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Regardless of whether you choose an onlay or inlay, metal or ceramic, indirect or direct, it is important to take care of a damaged or decayed tooth before it turns into a debilitating and costly issue. Find out more about onlays and inlays to renew your mouth by making an appointment at Weller Dental in Chicago or Hinsdale, IL. Dr. Weller and his team can help revive your oral health using the very best remedy for your requirements.

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