To Repair Damage and Restore Function
Inlays and Onlays help your teeth look and perform their best!
Inlays and onlays are both dental restorations to repair damaged teeth or larger cavities. They are often the best choice when chewing teeth (molars or bicuspids) that already have a filling experience more decay in the affected area. The main difference between an inlay and onlay is the portion of the tooth they restore. An inlay lies within the cusps of the tooth, while an onlay replaces one or more of the cusps themselves. Both are smaller than a dental crown, which completely covers the entire tooth.
What’s involved with inlays and onlays?
To receive either an inlay or onlay requires an impression of your teeth. At our office, we use CEREC to streamline the process and complete the job in just a single appointment. We quickly scan your teeth to obtain an optical impression, creating a 3D model of your mouth. Then, our highly precise CEREC milling unit carves your restoration from a block of pure porcelain; made to your exact specifications and ready to be bonded in place!
You can prevent the need for inlays and onlays by keeping excellent care of your teeth. If you’ve already received treatment for cavities, then be sure to pay attention to those areas. Make sure to brush and floss daily, and be vigilant in attending your dental appointments for regular checkups. Consult with your dentist about the need for additional checkups.
With inlays or onlays, there’s no reason your newly restored tooth can’t last for many years! Contact us today at (415) 499-7700 for a consultation.