Dental inlays and onlays are a common type of restoration that can be used to restore teeth with moderate decay. While other treatment options are available, inlays and onlays are typically used in decayed teeth that cannot be restored with a filling, but are not damaged enough to require a conventional crown. Inlays and onlays cover larger areas of the tooth and help strengthen the tooth overall. Our Van Nuys inlays expert is even able to conserve more of the healthy tooth structure by using them.
An inlay is used within the cusps on the biting surface of the tooth, while an onlay is used if the damage included one or more cusp. Our Van Nuys onlays expert will first evaluate the tooth and the extent of the decay or damage to ensure that the onlay is a good option for you. After we use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth, we will remove any decayed tissue and carefully shape the tooth. An impression of your teeth is then taken and sent to the dental lab to create your inlay or onlay. The dental lab creates a restoration that is made to fit perfectly over the tooth. These restorations can last many years and withstand the same forces your own natural tooth can. Once the inlay or onlay has been created, we will finish by bonding it to your tooth.
Van Nuys Inlays and Onlays
Compared to conventional metal fillings, inlays and onlays can strengthen teeth by up to 75 percent. They can prolong the life of a tooth and prevent the need for further treatment, also. The aesthetic appearance of the porcelain results in a restoration cannot be distinguished from the natural tooth either. Our expert in inlays in Van Nuys can complete the procedure in just two visits. Once in place, inlays and onlays can last up to 30 years or longer.
Taking care of your new restoration will be no different than taking care of your own teeth. Brush and floss twice a day, and avoid biting or chewing on non-food items, such as pencils or fingernails. Visit our expert in onlays in Van Nuys twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups to prolong their life.
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, you may be a candidate for an inlay or onlay. Call us to learn more about available restoration options or to schedule an appointment with our Van Nuys cosmetic dentist.