Inlays and Onlays
in Long Beach
What Are Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are dental products made of gold, composite resin, or porcelain that are used as a means of treating certain types of decay or tooth damage. The material is bonded to the damaged areas of the tooth to protect the natural tooth from further degradation. Inlays are restricted to the tooth’s cusp, while onlays cover the cusp and the chewing surface. In some ways, they are similar to dental fillings, but they are useful for more extensive restoration than a typical filling.
Key Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
- Provides additional strength and support for your affected tooth
- Can last longer than fillings with proper care
- Blends well with your natural tooth color and shade
- Can be completed in just one appointment
What’s the Process for Getting Inlays and Onlays
First, any damaged or decaying areas of your tooth are removed to prepare for the inlay/onlay. Next, an impression of the tooth is taken and sent to the lab. Once finished, the inlay/onlay is designed and crafted out of a block of porcelain. Finally, if the inlay/onlay is a good fit and no adjustments are needed, it is bonded to the tooth and cleaned up.
The entire process is well tolerated, and we use local numbing to ensure that our patients have a fully comfortable experience. We take every measure to provide a positive and pleasant experience in a comfortable, friendly environment so you can receive stress-free dental care.
Are Inlays and Onlays the Right Solution for Me?
Inlays and onlays are ideal for those who have mild to moderate decay or damage, as they provide additional strength and support to the affected tooth. They also offer a more natural look, making them a great choice for those looking to maintain their smile’s aesthetic. Even if you have more significant decay or damage to your teeth, we have other restorative solutions that might be what you need. When you come into our office for an appointment, our dental team can discuss all your options and find the right one from you.
How Long Do They Last?
Inlays and onlays can last for many years with proper care, healthy dental hygiene habits, and regular visits to the dentist. Proper oral hygiene is essential in maintaining a healthy smile, as any bacteria or decay on the tooth can affect the longevity of your inlay/onlay. Make sure to brush and floss regularly, avoid sugary snacks, and visit your dentist at least twice a year. By staying on top of your oral health on the hole, you can get the most out of this dental treatment and see your results last for years.
Set Up Your Visit Today
Our experienced dentist in Long Beach is ready to help you restore your teeth and get back the confidence from a beautiful, healthy smile. If you’re interested in learning more about inlays and onlays, contact us today for an appointment! We look forward to helping you through excellent dental care for years to come!