When approximately ½ of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged a dentist will often use an inlay or onlay.
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth; an onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for dental inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth..
Inlays and onlays require two appointments to complete the procedure. During the first visit, the filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. To ensure proper fit and bite, an impression of the tooth is taken and sent to a lab for fabrication. The doctor will then apply a temporary covering on the tooth and schedule the next appointment.
At the second appointment, the temporary covering is removed. Dr. Carrara or Dr. Corsello will then make sure that the inlay or onlay fits correctly. If the fit is satisfactory, the inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished to a smooth finish.
Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50%. As an alternative, inlays and onlays, being bonded directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins, can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75%. As a result, they can last 10 years or more. In some cases, where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire dental crown, onlays can provide a very good alternative.
Read dental patient reviews and testimonials for Morristown Dental Associates in Morristown, New Jersey.
Staff is excellent! I asked Bobbie many questions and she never once made me feel like I was a bother. Hygienist Deb was very careful during cleaning asking me how I was doing every step of the way. Doctor Corsella is by far the best dentist I have been to in my 64 years. Very caring and communicative. Made me feel like my dental care was something I was participating in instead of something that was happening to me. Would very highly recommend care at this practice!Michael T. - Patient since 2022
The medical team in this office are highly skilled professionals who consistently make their patients’ dental health their highest priority. Treatment options and procedures are explained in detail so patients can make well-informed decisions. The support staff is cheerful, organized, and always helpful.Carol F. - Patient since 2021
Terrific practice that I highly recommend. Dr. Carrara is a perfectionist who is knowledgeable, highly skilled and an excellent communicator. Office staff is experienced, helpful and courteous. Deb, the hygienist, is kind and gentle. She makes getting a cleaning virtually painless.Michele B. - Patient since 2003
My dental care has been excellent at this practice. Dr Carrera has done an excellent job with his treatment plans and the results have have been great. The staff is also excellent including the dental assistants and the ladies at the front desk doing scheduling and administrative activities. Very professional and friendly staff . Would highly recommend this practice to family and friends.John R. - Patient since 2020
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Morristown Dental Associates
The Medical Center at James Street
261 James Street, Suite 3B
Morristown, NJ 07960
Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm