How Can a Decayed Tooth be Restored?

By: Dr. Ellen Katz


Tooth restoration procedures are far more advanced today than they were even a few years ago. If decay has damaged your molars or pre-molars, Maison BE Dental Studio may recommend advanced dental inlays or onlays to restore the area.

As a highly skilled dentist, Dr. Ellen Katz can perform an assessment and ensure you receive the most effective treatments possible. Call our New York, NY office today to schedule an appointment and learn more about inlays and onlays.

How does tooth decay impact your teeth?

Decay is one of the primary ways teeth become damaged, caused when plaque and tartar buildup break down the enamel. This process may lead to serious consequences if left untreated, including:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Infection
  • Cavities

Unfortunately, cosmetic issues may remain on the molars and pre-molars even if the underlying tooth decay is addressed. Inlays and onlays can correct these problems and restore the natural beauty of your smile.

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are tooth restoration techniques that repair damage caused by decay or other oral health issues. A dental inlay treats the indented center of a tooth, while an onlay addresses the upper edges. Restorations could be made from materials like composite resin, metal, and porcelain, depending on the needs of the patient and the amount of damage present.

What about dental crowns?

Inlays and onlays are sometimes confused with dental crowns. The key difference is that inlays and onlays treat one specific part of the tooth while a crown covers the entire structure. In some cases, an inlay or onlay is preferable to a crown as it allows Maison BE Dental Studio to preserve more of the natural tooth in New York, NY.

What is the restoration process like?

Maison BE Dental Studio will perform a dental assessment before recommending inlays or onlays. This exam involves digital x-rays to view the underlying structures. Dr. Katz then creates a custom treatment plan moving forward. This restoration option is generally made for the molars or pre-molars.

If you do opt for inlays or onlays, the process begins with numbing the treatment area. Once the tooth is prepared, Dr. Katz then sets and bonds the restoration to the tooth. Our team may also polish the borders and adjust the fit, so it feels comfortable.

What happens after inlays and onlays?

Patients can return to their day after undergoing a tooth restoration procedure. You might feel some discomfort or sensitivity for several days, but these feelings are alleviated with a cool compress or over-the-counter medications. Dr. Katz may schedule follow-up care depending on the severity of the tooth decay and your overall oral health.

How do you take care of inlays and onlays?

One advantage of inlays and onlays is that you can still brush and floss your teeth like normal. Be sure to care for your teeth daily to manage plaque and tartar buildup. You should also visit Maison BE Dental Studio every six months (or as directed) for a cleaning and checkup. This prevents future tooth decay and other oral health problems.

Restore your teeth

Tooth decay is a severe issue that should be addressed as soon as possible. Inlays and onlays can effectively restore the function and appearance of your smile. Call Maison BE Dental Studio for an appointment with Dr. Ellen Katz in New York, NY. Our trusted practice looks forward to helping you achieve optimal oral health.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.