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Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are restorations used when a patient’s tooth has too much damage to be treated with a traditional filling, but enough healthy tooth to avoid receiving a crown. By using inlays and onlays, the dentist can preserve the remaining tooth structure.

Here at Greenwich Smiles, we often recommend inlays and onlays to our patients due to the various benefits they provide. Some of these benefits include:

  • Durability: The material used to make inlays and onlays is extremely tough, making the restorations durable enough to last for up to 30 years.
  • Strength: Inlays and onlays have been shown to strengthen teeth up to 75 percent, unlike traditional metal fillings.
  • Prevention: The placing of inlays and onlays will help prevent future dental health complications and treatment.

A dental inlay fits inside the cusp tips (points) of the tooth. An inlay somewhat resembles a filling. The restoration consists of a solid substance, porcelain or composite resin, that is fitted to the tooth and cemented in place.

A dental onlay is more extensive than a dental inlay. An onlay covers one or more of the dental cusps, as well as the entire biting surface if needed. Onlays can be referred to as “partial crowns,” due to their extensive coverage.

It usually takes two appointments in order to receive an inlay or onlay. During the first appointment, the dentist will numb the area and remove any decay or damage. Once the area is clean, an impression of the tooth will be taken and sent to a laboratory to be made. During this time, we will provide you with a temporary restoration until the next appointment. During the second visit, the custom inlay or onlay will be checked for proper fitting and then bonded using a strong resin adhesive. The process is completed with a polishing of the restoration to make sure your smile is healthy and beautiful!

If you think an inlay or onlay may be the option for you to restore your smile, give our office a call at (203) 542-9333.

Our Happy Patients

"Dr. Tramposch is so lovely. Since moving to the area a year ago, I pushed off finding a local dentist and would drive hours out of the way to go to the one I felt comfortable with. When my wisdom teeth started to grow in a few months ago, I was in a great deal of pain. I called Dr. Tramposch's office in hopes of getting an appointment. Although he was booked for the day, he managed to squeeze me in and did everything he could to ensure I didn't leave the office in pain. He continued to call me and check in on how I was doing for up to two weeks after. I can say I've found my new local/favorite dentist office that I truly enjoy going to."

Taylor M.

"My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Tramposch for close to 15 years, and he also takes care of our 3 kids' dental needs. He is consistently voted a top dentist by his peer group and has referred me to equally competent specialists for any issues related to wisdom teeth, etc. Dr. T is very flexible, patient, and always works well with the insurance companies to ensure that we are reimbursed properly. We never have to wait, and he deals expertly with any issues that arise. He also does a great job with our 5 year old son who is afraid to have his teeth cleaned. Most of all, he and his staff are very pleasant and great to visit twice a year. Highly recommend!"

Michelle C.

"I love Dr. Tramposch!! He is professional but fun, especially with our daughter and always very kind. Every time I go there he always puts me at ease and listens to my concerns. He is very thorough and takes his time when addressing what the next step should be (if any) and answers my questions in ways that I can understand. I always leave feeling taken care of, he is a great dentist. His new dental assistant Vira is so delicate with cleaning my sensitive teeth! And Diana is such a sweet girl, always cordial on the phone. I recommend this practice a million times over!"

Janine C.
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