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Dental Inlays in Belair, MD

Falling between a simple filling and a full crown are dental onlays and inlays. These specialized dental techniques enable us to fill a cavity and repair a tooth with minimal drilling. Our dental inlay dentist focuses on addressing the decay while preserving as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. Our dental inlays in Belair, MD, are the ideal treatment for many patients, for money-savings as well as better health.

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Dental Onlays & Inlays for Health & Savings

Abingdon Family Dentistry believes that the best tooth is a natural tooth, because nothing can beat natural enamel for durability. For this reason, we often recommend an inlay or onlay to save the most of your natural tooth as possible. Dental inlays fit between the cusps of your molar, whereas an onlay covers one or more. These filling options are much easier to install than full crowns, with the same commitment to custom fit.

The difference between an inlay and a filling is how the dentist places it inside your mouth. A regular filling is created directly inside your mouth over the course of the visit, whereas dental onlays or inlays are milled in a dental lab to match the required space. The installation is made even easier because a dental inlay dentist only has to remove just enough tooth material to accommodate the inlay and remove the infection.

The Reliable Dental Inlay Dentist

Many patients are nervous about dental work, so our goal is to make your installation as comfortable as possible. We use all the latest technology to make the process painless and fast, while maintaining accuracy. This includes sedation dentistry for convenient anesthesia without large, scary needles. The first step of a dental inlay is a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding area, followed by removing all the existing decay. Once the tooth is completely clean, we take an impression and send it to the lab.

The laboratory uses this impression to create a perfectly fitting inlay, made out of a variety of materials. Depending on the location of the inlay or onlay, the material can be durable metal or invisible ceramic. We will be able to match your tooth repair to the needs of your mouth, so you will be sure to have a perfect smile. Once the onlay or inlay has been installed, you can care for it just like the rest of your teeth. Some patients even tell us that they have a hard time telling it apart from a natural tooth!

Contact us today to see if an inlay or onlay can be the money-saving choice for your damaged tooth. Abingdon Family Dentistry proudly serves all patients in Abingdon, Bel Air, Fallston, Forest Hill, Belcamp, and the surrounding communities in Maryland.