Inlays and onlays are similar to dental fillings. However, these are used when there is not enough tooth structure to support a filling. In these cases, a filling will not be effective. Inlays and onlays can also be used if the tooth is not damaged enough to require a crown. For tooth damage that falls somewhere in between, inlays and onlays can help to save the tooth. At our dental office in Encino, we use biocompatible materials.
What is the difference between inlays and onlays?
With an inlay, the work is done within the bumps that are located on the chewing surface of your tooth, also known as cusps. Onlays are more extensive and cover one or more of the cusps completely. They are sometimes called partial crowns.
What can I expect?
If there are old fillings in the tooth, they will need to be removed first, along with any present damage or decay. An inlay or onlay is made of porcelain or composite resin and is created from a mold that is taken of the tooth. The inlay or onlay is cemented into the tooth. Because it is made to fit your tooth exactly and is selected to carefully match the color of your surrounding teeth, your inlay or onlay will blend in smoothly and seamlessly. This entire conservative process is completed over the course of two dental appointments to allow for time for the custom piece to be created.
How do I care for inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are very durable. They even help to strengthen the teeth and extend the life of a tooth. You will adjust quickly to the feeling of the inlay or onlay, and can brush your teeth and care for your mouth as normal.
Contact our dental office in Encino today to find out how our dentist can help you improve the health, strength, and appearance of your teeth with minimally invasive inlays and onlays.