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Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and Onlays Save Pembroke Pines Teeth

Inlays and onlays are affordable solutions for patients in the Pembroke Pines, FL area looking to restore damaged or problem teeth. Both are conservative dental restorations that can last for many years, reducing risk and improving your smile after only a short visit and minimal fuss.

Inlays and Onlays were once made from gold or other metallic materials. Both can now be made from natural-looking, tooth-colored modern materials, making them invisible to the casual eye. They are used to replace discolored teeth, making your smile white and brighter.

The key difference between inlays and onlays lies in how they fit with your other teeth. Inlays fit inside the tooth like a dental filling and are bonded with a special dental bond. Onlays are similar but extend over the chewing surface or back of the tooth.

Both durable treatments can extend the life of damaged teeth and strengthen your smile, restoring compromised teeth with the placement of easily cared-for materials, such as porcelain.

What to Expect from an Inlay/Onlay Procedure

The placement of inlays and onlays is easy and comfortable. Typically, it is a two-visit procedure, beginning with the preparation of the damaged tooth. Dr. Ruiz will take an impression of the area being treated, which is then used by the lab to fabricate a restoration specifically tailored to your mouth. Beforehand, Dr. Ruiz will go over the materials available for that restoration, including natural-looking porcelain, gold, or other durable metals. With a sense of each one’s benefits, you will decide with Dr. Ruiz which materials best suits your needs. With a sense of the benefits of each, you will decide with Dr. Ruiz, which materials best suits your needs.

Once your restoration is ready, you will return for its placement. These placements are easy, stable, and rarely complicated. Your inlay or onlay will be manufactured to fit in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Dr. Ruiz will secure the inlay or onlay with a special bonding agent. He will then make any adjustments necessary to make sure your bite is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.

Caring for your inlay or onlay is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. With proper maintenance, these restorations can last many years.

Dr. Ruiz can help you decide if inlays or onlays might be right for you, as well as what materials will best suit your needs. Call Pines Dental Associates today at (954) 715-4660 to schedule a consultation.


What are inlays and onlays made of? 

Porcelain, gold, and other durable metals are used to create inlays and onlays. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Talk to Dr. Ruiz to determine which material suits you best. 

What is the difference between an inlay and onlay? 

The key difference is in how they fit with your other teeth. Inlays fit inside the tooth like a dental filling and are bonded with a special material. Onlays are similar but extend over the chewing surface or the back of the tooth. Both can extend the life of damaged teeth and strengthen your smile.

What is the inlay/onlay procedure like? 

It is typically a two-visit operation. The first visit involves preparing the damaged tooth. Impressions of the treatment area are taken and used by the lab to fabricate a restoration that is customized for your mouth with the material that suits you best. During the second visit, the inlay/onlay will be secured in your mouth with a special bonding agent. Dr. Ruiz will make necessary adjustments to guarantee comfort and aesthetics.

What benefits can I get from inlays/onlays?

They can tackle relatively extensive tooth damage and decay without having to replace the whole outer part of a tooth as is necessary with a crown. Only a little tooth enamel has to be removed for the procedure, and the tooth structure remains strong. They also last longer than fillings as they are bonded to the tooth.

Is the procedure painful? 

The preparation of the tooth would involve a little pain, but a local anesthetic can take care of this. Residual pain after tooth preparation or cementing the structure in place is generally rare and can be dealt with using over-the-counter painkillers.

Dr. Milton Ruiz, Pines Dental Associates

Dr. Milton Ruiz believes everyone should be able to attain excellent oral health, and his mission is to provide the highest quality care at the most affordable cost to all his patients. Dr. Ruiz is a general dentist with over 25 years of expertise who graduated from Tufts Dental School in Boston.

Dr. Ruiz has completed over 500 hours of continuing education in his decades of practice to keep current on new technology and improvements in dentistry. He is skilled in all aspects of dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry, root canal therapy, sleep apnea therapy, orthodontics, Invisalign certification, Oral Conscious Sedation, and restorative dentistry. You can rely on him to make your dental visit as comfortable as possible.

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