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Inlays and Onlays Chicago, IL

Lovely woman who has Inlays and Onlays in Chicago, ILInlays and Onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are a type of dental restoration, used for mild to moderate decay, or when the structure of the tooth is compromised beyond the usefulness of a traditional filling. They are manufactured in a dental laboratory using porcelain, gold, or sometimes composite resin material, and then bonded to the tooth using an adhesive dental cement. An indirect filling is considered to be an “inlay” when it can be placed onto the center of the tooth’s surface without covering the cusp. An “onlay” is used when the damage to the tooth is so great that one or more of the cusps must be covered to secure its structural integrity. Inlays and onlays offer a stronger, more precise fit, and longer-lasting restorative solution over traditional fillings. They are also known as a more conservative option to dental crowns, which involve complete coverage and a reshaping of the tooth.


An inlay or onlay procedure is completed in two trips to the dental office. First, Dr. Medhat will prepare the damaged tooth and take an impression or mold of the area. This will be sent to the laboratory, where the technicians will design a permanent restoration. You will be given a temporary or provisional restoration to protect the tooth while the final product is being manufactured. The material of the restoration largely depends on the location of the tooth. Gold is the best option when aesthetics are not a concern (such as molars). If the tooth is visible when smiling, porcelain is the best option because it can be shaded to match your existing tooth and offer the best esthetics. If you grind your teeth or have a misaligned bite, then resin material may be the best option. Talk with Dr. Medhat about which option is best for you. During your second visit, the temporary restoration will be removed and replaced with your new inlay or onlay. Dr. Medhat will make sure that the bond is secure, precisely fitted, and ensure that your bite will not be affected by the restoration.


There can be several benefits to consider when decided if an inlay or onlay is right for you.
•  They have proven to be a highly stable solution made of durable material that can strengthen a damaged tooth, rather than weaken it.
•  They can be used in tight spaces, such as in between your teeth.
•  Because the fit is precise and the preparation minimal, the tooth is much easier to clean than a dental crown.
•  The exceptional and conservative fit preserves the maximum amount of healthy tooth while providing structural stability.
•  They are less likely to discolor over time as opposed to resin composite fillings.

If your tooth is too weak due to a sizable cavity, or the structural integrity of the tooth has been comprised, then an indirect filling may not be right for you. Sometimes a dental crown is the only option. We here at Medhat Dental Excellence and Artistic Smiles Family Dental Care try to use inlays or onlays whenever possible. If you have any questions, call us today at (773) 774-4611 North Milwaukee Ave Location
(312) 726-5204 North Wabash Location and schedule your appointment now

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Medhat Dental Excellence
6011 North Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60646-4709
Fax: 773.774.3973
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Artistic Smiles Family Dental Care, PC
111 N. Wabash St. Suite 812
Chicago, IL 60602
Ph: 312.726.5204
Fax: 312.726.7510

Mailing Address: P.O Box 316530, Chicago, Illinois, 60631

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6011 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60646
111 N. Wabash, Suite 812, Chicago IL 60602