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Inlays and Onlays

Serving as two alternatives to dental crowns, inlays and onlays are used to restore the appearance and function of damaged teeth. These treatment methods are slightly more intricate than a regular filling, and they provide an end result that is stronger and more durable. At Downriver Smiles, we are proud to offer patients inlays and onlays that look natural and function perfectly.

What makes inlays and onlays unique is that they are built using impressions of the patient’s teeth. Receiving an inlay or onlay requires two visits to our office. During the first visit, the patient will have impressions taken so that their custom inlay or onlay can be constructed. Once it is ready, the patient will return for their second visit to have their inlay or onlay installed.

Inlays

Consisting of filling material that is bonded to the interior of a tooth, inlays are used when a tooth is damaged in such a way that it cannot be repaired with a standard filling, but a full dental crown would be excessive. An inlay will not cover any of the tooth’s cusps, only the area inside these points. Because of their custom fit, teeth repaired with inlays are typically stronger than teeth that have been treated with a traditional filling.

Onlays

Unlike an inlay, an onlay will cover at least one of the cusps (points) of a tooth. Most onlays are actually bonded to the cusps themselves. In some cases, a tooth’s entire chewing surface might be covered by an onlay. A great treatment option for restoring the chewing surface of a damaged tooth, an onlay is typically recommended when a full dental crown is unnecessary.

If you require an extensive dental filling and you want to learn more about inlays and onlays, please contact us at (509) 904-0994 to schedule an appointment.

Our Happy Patients

"Downriver smiles is a phenomenal practice that cares for you and your family with more than just a teeth cleaning! The staff is wonderful, accommodating and kind! They have a way wonderful facility that accommodates even a large family like my own! Dr. Gaunt is highly professional, thorough, and seeks to help his clients. He carefully listens and explains everything in understandable language! I would highly recommend downriver smiles to anyone!"

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"Dr. Gaunt is very good at what he does. He is one of the best dentists I've ever had. The staff is absolutely wonderful as well. To them you are more than just a number, you are a person and thats what i love the most about them. They treat you like you're family, and they do their absolute best to actually save you money. I am so glad i found them and i will not go see anyone else."

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"Downriver Smiles is the best! I have been using them for the last two or three years now. I have always gotten amazing customer service and the doctor does great work! It is a young office with very upbeat personalities. The front desk ladies always do a great job explaining my bill and have worked with me on payment arrangements. I had a lot of work that needed to be done, and they helped guide me through the process. I couldn't be any happier!"

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