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Inlays & Onlays

Even moderate decay or other damage can weaken your tooth but a dental crown requires that the entire structure needs to be reshaped.

Providing a full spectrum of restorative care, Dr. Ettienne van Zyl can remove decay and place an inlay or onlay to repair your tooth.

What makes inlays and onlays such trusted solutions?

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Treating Moderate Decay & Preserving Your Smile

Pain Relief

Tooth decay can cause sensitivity, especially when chewing. Any compromise of proper function can lead to excessive wear on surrounding teeth and additional health issues. Repairing your tooth with an inlay or only can alleviate discomfort.

Strengthen & Protect

If any portion of your tooth is decayed, you are susceptible to serious damage. Receiving an inlay or onlay will protect your tooth by restoring and strengthening its structure.

Conservative Treatment

Since inlays and onlays require less material than a crown and a shorter procedure, they are an economical option. Additionally, because of their smaller size, inlays and onlays require less alteration to your tooth.

What level of decay can an inlay or onlay treat?

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Many patients need treatment for decay...

Cavities Are Common for Adult Patients

Dr. van Zyl can help to restore your oral health...

If you have mildly damaged molars, Dr. Ettienne van Zyl offers inlays and onlays, which are considered an intermediate step between dental fillings and dental crowns. Like crowns, inlays and onlays can restore damaged teeth and enhance oral function. However, thanks to their smaller size, they are more affordable than crowns, and closer in price to fillings. Dr. van Zyl will carefully design your inlay or onlay to match the color of your smile, as well as preserve the strength of your bite. To learn more about inlays and onlays in the Rogers, AR, area, contact Ozark Comprehensive Dentistry.

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How Inlays and Onlays Can Restore Your Dental Health

Inlays and onlays are appropriate for teeth with extensive decay. If a cavity has destroyed a large portion of your tooth, but you still have a certain amount of healthy tissue, an inlay or onlay may be appropriate. Inlays and onlays act similar in function but vary in where they are placed.

An inlay will nestle between the cusps of your tooth. An onlay will go over the cusps and down the sides of your tooth. Once in place, these restorations can improve the look of your smile, as well as your ability to bite and chew.

What to Expect during Treatment

To determine the most appropriate restoration, Dr. van Zyl will carefully examine your tooth. Typically, he will take x-rays to diagnose the extent of the damage. If he determines that you are a candidate for an inlay or onlay, he will first reshape your tooth. Then, using gentle methods, he will eliminate bacteria and decayed tissue. He will also make more room for the restoration.

Next, Dr. van Zyl will take impressions. These models will be submitted to our lab, where technicians will craft your custom restoration. Inlays and onlays can be made of metal. However, we typically recommend porcelain, since it will best match your teeth. Our lab uses advanced materials, which come in a wide range of shades. Your treatment team will find a color that is a near-perfect match to your smile.

When the inlay or onlay has been received in our office, Dr. van Zyl will affix it to your tooth. Typically, you will enjoy an almost immediate return of your dental function.

Pairing Skill & Passion for Exceptional Dental Care

Dr. Ettienne van Zyl and his team
Dr. van Zyl and his team are proud to care for your smile.

Dr. van Zyl is highly qualified to provide your dental treatment: 

  • Trained at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Advanced knowledge in a broad spectrum of dental disciplines
  • Member of several prestigious dental organizations
  • Provides a full spectrum of treatment at his practice 

With a focus on personalized, comfortable care you can rest assured that you will receive the highest level of care with Dr. van Zyl and his team. Call us at (479) 372-4500 to schedule your consultation.

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