Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are dental restoration that are used to restore tooth that are damaged too severely to be treated with dental fillings but are not damaged enough to be treated with dental crowns. Our San Fernando Valley dentist prefers using inlays and onlays when possible because they are fabricated directly in a lab while dental fillings are molded into place during your dental visit. The main difference between the two is that inlays are bonded within the center of a tooth while onlays extend beyond a single cusp.
Inlays San Fernando Valley
Many benefits come from choosing this restoration method. Composite resin fillings have a tendency to stain over time, but inlays and onlays are more stain resistant. They also help preserve the greatest amount of healthy tooth structure since crowns require some of the enamel to be trimmed so that the crown can be placed on top. Our San Fernando Valley inlays expert is well-trained in placing these, so they are a more stable choice for restoring a damaged tooth. They also do not get in the way of you being able to clean your teeth, so they should make your next visit to our expert in inlays in San Fernando Valley very pleasant.
Onlays San Fernando Valley
The process for getting either one is pretty similar, and it typically requires two visits to our San Fernando Valley onlays expert. For the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing all the decay and taking an impression. This impression is sent to the lab where your restoration will be designed. You will decide with our expert in onlays in San Fernando Valley what your inlay or onlay will be made out of. They can be made of gold, porcelain, or composite resin. The best one will vary from patient to patient.
During your second visit, the temporary restoration will be removed, and your new inlay or onlay will be put into place. Your dentist will check to make sure it fits perfectly and does not interfere with your bite. Once bonded, any minor trimming can be made to the inlay or onlay so that the tooth looks completely natural.