Inlays and Onlays North Hollywood
Inlays and onlays are special types of restorations that provide patients with an alternative to conventional dental fillings and crowns. Fillings have limitations when it comes to large cavities or areas of damage, and crowns require extensive preparation, which can result in the loss of healthy tooth structure. If you have a tooth that is too badly damaged for a filling but you want to preserve as much natural structure as possible, our North Hollywood inlays expert may suggest using a dental inlay or onlay.
Dental Inlays North Hollywood
Inlays are often called indirect fillings. They are used when the damage is confined to the inner part of the tooth within the cusps. The inlays are made to fit precisely and are designed, made, and placed in separate visits. At the first visit, your tooth will be prepared. After our expert in inlays in North Hollywood numbs your tooth, the decayed tissue is removed, and the tooth is carefully prepared and cleaned. A temporary will be placed to protect the tooth. An impression of the tooth is made and sent to the dental lab, which will make the inlay. At your second visit, the inlay will be placed.
Dental Onlays North Hollywood
Onlays are similar to inlays but are made to cover a larger portion of the tooth. Our North Hollywood onlays expert may recommend an onlay if the decay or damage includes one or more of the tooth’s cusps. The onlay, which may also be called a partial crown, is made and placed much like an inlay. Once it has been made by the lab, you will return to our office. The temporary will be removed from your tooth, and we will check the fit and appearance of the onlay. The onlay is made of strong dental porcelain, so it will look quite natural and match your tooth. We then use powerful dental cement to secure it into position.
Once your dental inlay or onlay is in place, it can last for many years. Our expert in onlays in North Hollywood will explain the best way to take care of your new restoration. The porcelain will not decay, but you do need to take special care to brush along the border to remove any plaque or buildup in this area. Floss daily, and use fluoride or antimicrobial mouthwash as needed.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in North Hollywood.
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