Dental inlays and onlays are forms of dental restorations used on patients suffering from mild to moderate decay. They may also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth. We recommend inlays and onlays for patients who have dental damage or deterioration that a) is beyond the reach of conventional dental filling and b) does not necessitate dental crowns.
Dental inlays fit inside the tooth, while onlays fit inside and extend to the cusp of the tooth. Inlays and onlays may be made from different materials, including gold, porcelain, and composite resin. Porcelain is always a good bet if you’re looking for an option that closely resembles the natural color of your teeth.
At Grafton DDS, we have helped hundreds of patients in the Pleasant Hill, CA, community to save their teeth before decay takes its toll using inlays and onlays.
There are significant benefits to choosing inlays and onlays if you’re struggling with damaged teeth. These include the following:
Your initial dental appointment at Grafton DDS will involve preparing you for the installation of the inlay or onlay. Our dentist will examine your teeth, perform necessary cleaning, and then take an impression of your tooth using dental putty. The dentist then sends this impression to the dental laboratory where a permanent inlay or onlay will be developed.
The dental lab may create a temporary inlay or cover for your tooth to take home with you as you wait for the second appointment.
During the second visit, our dentist will numb you using local anesthesia and then bond the inlay or onlay into your tooth using a dental adhesive. The bonding process is performed only after the dentist is satisfied that the inlay or onlay is a perfect fit for your tooth. After bonding, the dentist will finish off the procedure with a polish which boosts the aesthetics of your tooth.
Do you live in Pleasant Hill, CA, and are tired of temporary metal fillings that need constant replacement? Give Grafton DDS a call today and let’s schedule your inlay/onlay appointment.