Inlays & Onlays Rockville, MD

Affordable Dental Inlays and Onlays in Rockville

Inlay and onlays are restorative treatment options that will restore a damaged or decayed tooth. They are a good choice for patients with moderate damage or decay because they are more conservative than a dental crown but more durable than a dental filling. Inlay and onlays typically repair more advanced tooth decay and replace large and old dental fillings. We also use them in other cases that do not require a dental crown.

Made from high-quality professional-grade dental porcelain inlay & onlays are highly durable and designed to match your natural teeth for an aesthetic result. Porcelain restorations are stain and decay-resistant and help to stabilize the tooth while protecting it from future decay.

Dr. Ali Sarkarzadeh offers comprehensive and personalized cosmetic and restorative dental treatments for patients in the Rockville, MD area. Our Congressional Dental Care team uses dental inlay & onlays to restore the aesthetics, function, and form to teeth with moderate decay or structural damage.

Inlays Vs. Onlays

  • Inlay- An inlay repairs injury or decay found in the cusp of the tooth crown. The inlay fits into the crevices of the tooth, forming a secure seal. Dr. Sarkarzadeh permanently bonds the inlay to a cleaned tooth.
  • Onlay- Onlays repair damage or decay that affects a large surface area on the tooth. Often referred to as a partial crown, the onlay is a more conservative treatment option that helps to support the natural tooth for a permanent dental restoration.

affordable dental inlays and dental onlays in rockville, mdThe Inlay and Onlay Process

The inlay and only process will take at least visits to complete. At the first appointment, Dr. Sarkarzadeh will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. He will prepare the tooth by taking out old dental fillings, removing any decay or damaged tissue, and thoroughly cleaning it. Once clean, Dr. Sarkarzadeh will take a mold of the tooth by using a small tray filled with dental putty.

We send off these impressions to a dental laboratory, where they design and fabricate the inlay or onlay. Most inlays and onlays are porcelain. This type of restoration most closely matches the color of natural teeth, so it will blend with your smile. We place a temporary restoration on the tooth to protect it while your inlay or onlay is being fabricated.

At your next appointment, Dr. Sarkarzadeh will remove the temporary restoration and test the inlay or onlay to ensure proper fit. The inlay or onlay will fit snugly against the affected area. The tight fit helps seal out any future decay and reinforces the stability of the tooth structure. Once the patient is satisfied with the fit and color of the restoration, your dentist will permanently bond the inlay or onlay to the tooth with a strong resin adhesive.

Inlay and Onlay FAQs

Everyone knows what a dental filling or a tooth crown is, but not many truly understand what inlays and onlays are. As innovative dental restorations used to repair teeth, it is possible that your dentist will recommend one. We put together the top frequently questions asked about these dental restorations to help the people gain valuable insights in hopes to help them understand this dental treatment option better.

Are inlays and onlays painful?

After your inlay or onlay is set, the surface of your tooth may feel a little awkward. It takes some time to get used to it. The area around the tooth may be sore or sensitive, but this will go away after a few days. The feeling after getting an inlay or onlay is similar to how it feels getting a tooth filling.

How long do inlays and onlays last?

If cared for properly, your new restoration should last about 10 to 30 years. Of course, this will depend on how well you practice good oral hygiene and how often you visit the dentist. You’re able to replace them for emergency reasons or damage.

Do inlays and onlays require special care?

No. You can take care of your inlay or onlay the same way you take care of your natural teeth and teeth with fillings. To elongate the life of your restoration, be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss regularly. Also, avoid chewing on ice and other hard foods. This can loosen the restoration if you do it too much.

How are inlays and onlays different from dental crowns?

Inlays and onlays differ from dental crowns primarily in their coverage and application. Inlays and onlays are custom dental restorations that dentists use to repair moderately damaged or decayed teeth. Inlays sit within the cusps of the tooth and onlays extend over one or more cusps.

Dental crowns, on the other hand, enclose the entire tooth to the gum line. They provide comprehensive coverage and support for severely damaged or weakened teeth. The choice between these restorations depends on the extent of tooth damage and the required durability and protection.

When will a dentist recommend an inlay or onlay?

Your dentist may suggest an inlay or onlay when there is moderate decay or damage to a tooth that is too extensive for a tooth filling to repair, yet not severe enough to require a dental crown. An inlay will repair a tooth when the damage is within the cusps, or biting surface, of the tooth. An onlay, on the other hand, will repair a tooth when the damage extends over one or more of the cusps. Both of them are excellent choices for restoring the tooth’s integrity while maintaining its natural appearance.

How are inlays and onlays different from tooth fillings?

Inlays and onlays serve as middle-ground solutions between tooth fillings and crowns. The key differences lie in how they are applied and how much of the tooth they cover.

A traditional dental filling is molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit. It will only cover a small part of the tooth. On the other hand, inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental laboratory before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth. Inlays fill the space between the cusps at the center of a tooth’s surface, while onlays cover one or more cusps or the entire biting surface.

What are the disadvantages of inlays and onlays?

The most significant drawback of inlays and onlays is the cost. The procedure to get this kind of dental restoration is typically more expensive than a dental filling. Inlays and onlays require high-quality materials used and the complexity of the process.

Also, the treatment requires at least two dental visits since these restorations are fabricated in a dental laboratory before we fit and bond them to the damaged tooth. This not only makes it time-consuming but also may lead to temporary discomfort or sensitivity between visits.

Lastly, although rare, there is a risk of inlays or onlays becoming dislodged if they are not properly bonded to the tooth, requiring further dental work.

Can inlays and onlays crack?

Despite being very durable and able to last a long time, inlays and onlays are not immune to cracking. Factors contributing to their breaking include traumatic impact, excessive force from biting or chewing, and the natural wear and tear over time. Regular dental check-ups and adhering to care instructions can significantly minimize the risk of damage, ensuring the longevity of inlays and onlays.


We Offer Custom Inlays and Onlays in Rockville, MD

Contact our dentist in Rockville, MD, when you are ready for your custom inlay or onlay at (301) 276-4694. You can also schedule an appointment online and we will get back to you shortly.