Inlays and Onlays Northridge
More conservative than a crown, but more extensive than a dental filling, inlays and onlays are restorations that can restore teeth after they have been badly damaged. They are made in a dental lab and typically take two dental appointments to complete. They can strengthen the tooth from up to seventy-five percent, and with good care, can last many years. Our Northridge dental team can help you decide if an inlay or an onlay is right for you.
Inlays are also called indirect fillings. They are used when the damage is contained within the cusps of the tooth. An inlay is made to repair the tooth’s chewing surface and is typically made using dental porcelain. Once your tooth is prepared, an impression will be made and sent to the lab, which will make the inlay to our precise specifications. We will place a temporary restoration to protect your tooth and allow you to chew comfortably in the interim. Once your inlay is ready, we will secure it into place.
When the damage to a tooth is more extensive and includes affects the cusps, onlays are used. An onlay may also be called a partial crown. An onlay is placed much like an inlay, and will blend with the rest of your tooth for a natural look. Because porcelain does not expand or contract with temperature changes, there is no risk of cracking or damage to the tooth’s structure.
Caring for inlays and onlays is similar to caring for your own teeth. You will need to brush and floss carefully every day. Brush especially carefully along the border of the natural tooth and the restoration to ensure no plaque or bacteria builds up there. Decay in this area could cause premature failure. You will also need to schedule regular checkups with our Northridge dentist for cleanings and exams.
Inlays can be excellent alternatives to dental fillings when a large amount of the tooth’s structure has been lost, and onlays can be good alternatives to crowns when a more conservative restoration is desired. Call our Northridge dental office today to find out more or to schedule your appointment.
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