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Inlays & Onlays

Dental Inlays & Onlays

Top-Rated Prosthodontist Serving the greater Washington DC area

When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, Dr. Marlin in his Washington DC dental office will often use a dental inlay.

If you are considering a dental inlay or onlay in Washington D.C. or surrounding areas, please call Elite Prosthetic Dentistry at 202-244-2101 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gerald Marlin today. We welcome patients from Bethesda, Arlington, and all surrounding metro area communities.

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Teeth Restored with Tooth-Colored Inlays
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Teeth Rebuilt with Dental Onlays

Procedure for Dental Inlays/Onlays

Inlays/onlays require two appointments to complete. During the first visit to Dr. Marlin in his Washington DC dental office, the filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. An impression of the tooth is made and sent to our in-house lab for fabrication. Dr. Marlin will then insert a temporary filling in the tooth and a subsequent appointment will be scheduled.

At the second appointment, the temporary sealant is removed. Dr. Marlin will then make sure that the inlay/onlay fits correctly. It will then be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished to a smooth finish.

Considerations for Dental Onlays/Inlays

Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50 percent. As an alternative, dental inlays/onlays that are bonded directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins, can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75 percent. In some cases, where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire dental crown, onlays can provide a very good alternative. Many teeth can not support inlays or onlays and must be restored with dental crowns.

Elite Prosthetic Dentistry serves patients locally in Bethesda, Arlington and all of the neighboring communities in Maryland and Virginia, as well as patients throughout the country. Call us today at 202-244-2101 to discuss dental inlays and onlay treatment at your initial consultation.

Dr. Gerald Marlin

Simply Radiant, Simply Natural

Dr. Gerald Marlin is a leading specialist in implant, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. One of the only prosthodontists with an on-site lab, Dr. Marlin has been voted “Top Dentist” by his peers for more than 20 years in a row in Washingtonian Magazine’s annual “Best Dentist” survey, and is considered the most experienced prosthodontist in the D.C. area.