Inlays and Onlays
Through proper cleaning and maintenance, you should be able to avoid experiencing any tooth decay. However, even the best of us have developed a cavity at some point in our lives. There are many different options to treat decay, and if you have mild to moderate tooth decay, our Los Angeles inlays expert may suggest inlays or onlays to restore the damage.
The ideal candidate for an inlay or onlay will have decay that is too severe to treat with a dental filling but not severe enough to be treated with a dental crown. By avoiding placing a crown whenever possible, our Los Angeles onlays expert is able to preserve more of the natural tooth structure. And an inlay and onlay can be used to replace a filling that needs to be removed or replaced.
Inlays Los Angeles
An inlay is similar to a filling, but it only fits inside the cusp of the tooth. An onlay is more extensive and extends over the cusp of the tooth. For either treatment, our expert in inlays in Los Angeles will begin by removing any old fillings and taking an impression of the tooth. If there is any decay or damage, it will need to be cleaned or removed so that the tooth can be fully prepared. This impression is sent to a lab where your restoration will be custom-made just for you. You will be given a temporary restoration to wear until your inlay or onlay is complete.
Onlays Los Angeles
During your second appointment, our expert in onlays in Los Angeles will remove the temporary so that the permanent restoration can be put into place. The dentist will check to see that it fits perfectly and does not negatively alter your bite. The treatment will be completed with a polish to ensure a smooth and aesthetically pleasing finish.
Each appointment should only take an hour, and most patients report that they experience little to no discomfort during or after the procedure. Our dentist in Los Angeles will give you aftercare instructions to help you protect and care for your new dental restoration.