What are Inlays and Onlays?

Most people would describe inlays and onlays as being partial crowns. The job of inlays and onlays is to strengthen a weak tooth, restore a damaged tooth or protect a damaged tooth from more damage. They are placed onto an existing tooth as a foundation.

What Are The Different Uses?

When the tooth damage is minimal and there isn’t damage to the cusp of the tooth, an inlay can be used. It is placed directly on the tooth. If the tooth is extensively damaged and the cusp has been damaged, then an onlay is the best option.

What is the Process for Inlays and Onlays?

The process of restoring a tooth with an onlay or inlay takes two office visits. At the first visit with Dr. Knight the decayed or damaged section of your tooth will be removed. A mold will then be made of the tooth which will be used to create a restoration. While you are waiting 2-3 weeks for the restoration, a temporary inlay or onlay will be used. Once your restoration is ready you will visit Knight Dental Care for your second appointment. During this visit the custom-made inlay or onlay will be placed on the affected tooth and using a special cement it will be sealed. You can then enjoy your restored, natural looking tooth!



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We’ll make the process of paying for your dental care as simple as possible! Our office accepts a wide variety of insurance plans, and we’re always happy to file your claim for you so that you can be sure to receive the maximum benefits available to you. Knight Dental Care accepts most insurances! Call us today to find out how we can maximize your insurance plan!

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Meet Dr. Mark Knight and Dr. Ashley Hankinson, Your Trusted Flint Family & Cosmetic Dentists!

Dr. Mark Knight

Dr. Knight has dedicated his professional career to providing you with the best that dentistry has to offer. Dr. Knight is continually educating himself & his staff on the latest techniques in order to offer state-of-the-art, comfortable & personalized dental care to you & your family.

For two generations, the Knight family has been providing dental comfort & care to the Flint community. His father, Dr. Ralph Knight, began practicing dentistry in the Flint area in the early 1960s. For the past 18 years, Dr. Mark Knight, a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Dentistry in Chicago, has carried on the family tradition of serving the people of Flint.

Dr. Knight is a member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, the Chicago Dental Society, the American Orthodontic Society & various study clubs, & is a Certified Invisalign® Provider.

Dr. Knight looks forward to your visit & to showing you how exceptional dentistry can improve your life.

Dr. Ashley Hankinson

Dr. Ashley Hankinson grew up in Grand Blanc and is a graduate of Grand Blanc High School.  She continued her education at Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  Dr. Hankinson received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  After dental school, Dr. Hankinson completed a two-year multi-campus fellowship at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

During her time in Boston, she was employed in private practice as a general dentist.  Dr. Hankinson prides herself on her passion for dentistry and uses her caring and gentle demeanor to make each dental appointment as fun and relaxing as possible.  When not at the office, Dr. Hankinson enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, snowboarding, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.

Knight Dental Care is the Official Dentist of the Flint Firebirds and the Flint City Bucks