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If your tooth has sustained decay or damage that is too large for a filling, yet not large enough for a crown, the team at Briglia Dental Group in West Chester, PA may recommend gold inalys and onlays. Similar to dental crown restorations, inlays and onalys are custom fabricated in a dental lab and designed to restore the full function and appearance to a tooth.
Inlays and onlays are designed to restore the natural structure of your tooth. Inlays are the more conservative of the two. The solid piece is made to fit the specific shape of the cavity and then cemented into place. Onlays, or partial crowns, are also made as a single, solid piece, but instead of fitting into the cavity, they cover the cusp of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays can be made of a range of materials such as composite, porcelain and gold. At Briglia Dental Group, we offer both but find that many of our patients opt for gold. Gold is a safe, durable, and long-lasting material for use in dental applications. It maintains its composition and will not corrode which helps prevent failure of the restoration. We have seen many patients that have gold inlays and onlays that have lasted for 20-30 years.
The process for inlays or onlays typically takes two visits to the dentist. During the first appointment, the damaged or decayed area of the tooth is removed and cleaned out. The dentist will then take an impression of the tooth to send to the lab for custom fabrication. A temporary restoration is then applied to the tooth to protect it in the interm.
Once the inlay or onlay is ready, you will return to the office to have the temporary removed. Then, we’ll check the fit of the restoration before it is cemented into place. The last step is polishing the inlay or onlay for a smooth finish.
If you live in the areas of West Chester, West Goshen, Westtown Township, Downington, or Phoenixville and would like to speak with a team that has years of experience in the placement of gold inlays and onlays, please call Briglia Dental Group at (610) 615 0160.
Your first appointment will involve a comprehensive exam so that Dr. Briglia can provide you with a treatment plan that addresses any problems. We’ll discuss your medical history, why you’ve come to our practice, and any general concerns you have. Dr. Briglia will review your past dental x-rays or take new updated digital x-rays in order to diagnose any problems that cannot be seen clinically. We’ll review your past medical and dental history, and complete a clinical examination which includes a TMJ/Jaw Joint exam, an oral cancer screening, a tooth by tooth exam, a check for periodontal gum disease, and a check for bone loss around your teeth. In addition to the services above, we will also take a series of intraoral photographs in order to have a record of your actual teeth and gums for future diagnostic and insurance purposes
If you’re a new patient, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment so that we can be sure all paperwork is completed. You can get a head start on this process by downloading our new patient form online! Once your form is completed, please keep a copy for your records and bring a copy to the office. Call us today at (610) 615 0160 with additional questions or schedule your first appointment online when you’re ready.
If you have dental x-rays that were taken within the last 12 months, we’ll ask you to call your previous dental practice to have them send us any records or x-rays they have on file. If you don’t have current x-rays, whether we’ll take new ones on your first visit really depends upon your dental history. We may recommend taking new x-rays to get a complete look at your teeth. X-rays allow us to check for bone fractures, cysts, tumors, lesions, and sinus issues.
If it’s appropriate, you may be able to have your teeth cleaned the same day as your first appointment. If we diagnosed that you have gum disease and bone loss, we’ll review treatment options with you at that time. In general, your first appointment will not include any dental treatments or cleanings. Before scheduling any treatments, Dr. Briglia will need to complete a comprehensive exam so that he can provide you with a treatment plan that addresses any problems.
Briglia Dental Group always makes treatment affordable and will never surprise you with hidden fees. Our estimates and bills are clean and detailed so you know what to expect. To receive a specific estimate of cost, please call our office at (610) 615 0160.
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