Rocky Mount Inlays and Onlays
You have a big filling that needs replacement. Do you have to get a full crown? Not necessarily. A more conservative option, inlays and onlays fit into a tooth similarly to a filling, yet they are milled restorations, much like a crown. The bumps on top of a tooth are called cusps. Inlays fit between cusps, while onlays fit over one or more cusps. Inlays and onlays allow patients of Drs. Belton and Schrimper to retain more natural tooth structure, which is always best.
Not every situation is right for an inlay or onlay, but Dr. Belton & Dr. Schrimper will assess your problem to determine the best solution for you. Inlays and onlays require two appointments, because they are created in a lab by a licensed dental technician. At the first visit, we will prepare your tooth by removing your tooth decay or old filling and cleaning the area. The Rocky Mount team will take a dental impression and send it to our dental lab so that your custom inlay or onlay can be created. Dr. Belton or Dr. Schrimper will determine the best material to use, but in most cases, teeth that show when you smile or speak can have a white restoration. Back teeth incur extreme pressure, so a metal inlay or onlay may be best. You’ll wear a temporary until the lab delivers your final restoration to our Rocky Mount practice.
At the second appointment, Dr. Belton or Dr. Schrimper will remove your temporary restoration and permanently cement your final inlay or onlay into position. After polishing and modifying the restoration to ensure proper bite alignment, you’ll enjoy your stronger, healthier smile for years to come.
Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about dental inlays and onlays. Dr. Belton & Dr. Schrimper see patients from Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Nashville, Farmville, Wilson, and nearby North Carolina towns.