Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are conservative alternatives to conventional crowns. They cover a smaller portion of the tooth and so require less preparation, which means there is less loss of healthy tooth structure. However, they are still strong and durable enough to last many years. Our Los Angeles inlays expert may recommend an inlay or an onlay if you have a tooth that has broken, been badly decayed or has suffered other serious damage.
The two restorations are similar but are designed to cover different parts of the tooth. An inlay can restore the parts of the tooth within the cusps. An onlay will restore the tooth when one or more cusp is missing. Our Los Angeles onlays expert will help you decide which is best for you.
Inlays Los Angeles
Once we have chosen the proper restoration, the process can begin. Our expert in inlays in Los Angeles will numb the tooth and nearby tissues so that you can feel comfortable throughout the process. If the tooth is decayed, the decayed tissue will be removed, and the tooth will be cleaned. Next, the tooth will be shaped in preparation for the new restoration. At this point, we take dental impressions and may take other images of the tooth to design the new restoration.
The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory, and the lab will customize your inlay or onlay so that it fits your tooth exactly. At this point, it can be bonded to your tooth. If you have a temporary restoration, it will be removed, and the surface of your tooth will be gently roughened. A special bonding material will be applied to your tooth, and one expert in onlays in Los Angeles will apply the onlay using this material. After we cure it using a special light, you will be ready to use your new onlay or inlay.
Onlays Los Angeles
Taking care of inlays and onlays is no different than taking care of your natural teeth or other restorations. Simply use good dental habits that include regular brushing, flossing and a healthy diet. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Los Angeles.