Similar to fillings, inlays and onlays are dental restorations that fix common dental issues, like cavities, and imperfections like cracked or chipped teeth. Depending on the extent and type of the damage, inlays and onlays are often a more durable and longer-lasting alternative to fillings and crowns.
Dr. Ramin Mahallati and our team at the Center for Implant and Esthetic Dentistry offer a range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry services at our office in Beverly Hills, California.
Inlays and onlays are used when a cavity or damage to the tooth is too extensive for a filling but not advanced or large enough to require a crown. An inlay is similar to a filling in that it fills the space of the cavity inside the tooth, while an onlay also extends to cover a portion of the tooth’s biting surface, depending on the location of the cavity.
Inlays and onlays are custom-made from porcelain, composite resin, or gold.
The procedure for placing an inlay or onlay typically requires two appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Mahallati takes an impression of the tooth and removes any decay or damaged tissue. Next, he places a temporary restoration to protect the tooth while you wait for your next appointment.
At your second appointment, Dr. Mahallati removes the temporary restoration and binds the custom-made inlay or onlay to the tooth using a strong dental adhesive. The inlay or onlay is polished to ensure a smooth and natural-looking fit.
Here are some benefits and advantages of inlays and onlays:
Inlays and onlays fit perfectly into the damaged portion of the tooth, preserving as much of the healthy part of the tooth as possible.
Inlays and onlays are made of high-quality and durable materials like porcelain or composite resin, which makes them stronger than traditional fillings and provide superior support to the tooth. As a result, inlays and onlays often last longer and are less likely to crack or break.
Inlays and onlays are custom-made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth, resulting in a more natural-looking restoration. That can improve the appearance of your smile and boost your self-confidence.
Inlays and onlays are easy to clean and maintain, requiring only regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups and cleanings. Unlike traditional fillings, which can wear down over time, inlays and onlays hold their shape and function for many years.
Inlays and onlays are less likely than traditional fillings to cause sensitivity or discomfort since they’re designed to fit snugly into the tooth. They also provide a protective barrier against changes in temperature and pressure.
They’re a versatile and effective solution for restoring damaged teeth. After a comprehensive dental exam, Dr. Mahallati and our team will recommend the best dental restorations and treatments for your needs.
For more information about the benefits of inlays and onlays and other restorative and cosmetic dentistry services available at the Center for Implant and Esthetic Dentistry, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mahallati at our office in Beverly Hills.