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Dental Inlays & Onlays

Exploring the Benefits and Applications of Dental Inlays & Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are innovative restorative solutions that combine the precision of traditional fillings with the durability of dental crowns. At Legacy Smiles we recognize the importance of preserving the natural structure of your teeth while ensuring long-lasting oral health. In this article, we delve into the realm of dental inlays and onlays, exploring their benefits, applications, and how these advanced restorations contribute to your overall well-being.

Understanding Dental Inlays & Onlays: What Sets Them Apart

Dental inlays and onlays are custom-made restorations crafted from durable materials like porcelain or composite resin. They are designed to address moderate to severe tooth decay or damage that extends beyond what a standard dental filling can repair. These restorations offer an effective alternative to traditional crowns, preserving more of your natural tooth structure.

The Benefits of Dental Inlays & Onlays

  1. Preservation of Tooth Structure: Inlays and onlays require minimal alteration of your natural tooth, preserving more healthy structure compared to dental crowns.
  2. Durable and Long-Lasting: Crafted from resilient materials, inlays and onlays are designed to withstand the forces of chewing and provide lasting durability.
  3. Aesthetic Appeal: The materials used for inlays and onlays can be matched to the color of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  4. Precision Fit: Inlays and onlays are custom-made to precisely fit the prepared cavity, promoting optimal function and comfort.

Applications of Dental Inlays & Onlays

  1. Moderate Tooth Decay: When decay affects a portion of the tooth that’s too extensive for a filling but not severe enough for a crown, inlays and onlays are an ideal solution.
  2. Fractured Teeth: Inlays and onlays are used to restore teeth that have experienced fractures or damage, providing strength and stability.

The Dental Inlays & Onlays Procedure at Legacy Smiles

  1. Consultation: Your journey begins with a thorough consultation at Legacy Smiles. Dr. Kolten Astle will assess your oral health and determine if dental inlays or onlays are suitable for your needs.
  2. Treatment Plan: A personalized treatment plan will be developed, outlining the procedure and materials best suited for your restoration.
  3. Preparation and Impression: The damaged or decayed portion of your tooth will be removed, and an impression will be taken to create your custom inlay or onlay.
  4. Temporary Restoration: While your permanent restoration is being crafted, a temporary restoration will be placed to protect your tooth.
  5. Permanent Restoration: Once your custom restoration is ready, it will be precisely placed and bonded to your tooth.

Financial Assistance for Dental Inlays & Onlays

At Legacy Smiles, we understand that achieving optimal dental health should be accessible. We offer a range of financial assistance options to accommodate your needs:

  • Preferred Provider for Most Insurance Plans: Our practice is a preferred provider for most insurance plans, alleviating concerns about out-of-network coverage.
  • Rubicare Membership Program: Enhance your savings with the Rubicare membership program. Sign up at Rubicare.com for only $79 per year per individual and save up to 25%-50% off dental treatment. With dozens of participating providers across Montana, you can enjoy valuable discounts.
  • Flexible Payment Options: We accept major credit cards and cash payments for your convenience.
  • CareCredit Financing: Through CareCredit, we provide financing solutions to make your dental experience stress-free and comfortable.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Inlays & Onlays

  1. Are dental inlays and onlays noticeable?
    Dental inlays and onlays can be matched to the color of your natural teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from your natural smile.
  2. How long do dental inlays and onlays last?
    With proper care, dental inlays and onlays can last for many years, providing durable and reliable restorations.
  3. Do dental inlays and onlays require special care?
    No special care is required; simply maintain good oral hygiene practices and attend regular dental check-ups for longevity.
  4. Is the procedure painful?
    The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, ensuring your comfort throughout.

Contact Legacy Smiles for Precision Restorations

For patients seeking durable, aesthetic, and minimally invasive solutions for tooth decay or damage, dental inlays and onlays at Legacy Smiles offer an ideal choice. Reach out to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kolten Astle and explore the benefits of these advanced restorations. With our commitment to preserving your natural tooth structure and promoting your overall dental health, we’re here to provide exceptional care that ensures both function and beauty in your smile.


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