What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Tooth decay can be a major problem, especially if it progresses beyond a mere cavity. Sometimes tooth decay can be very serious, spreading throughout a tooth or drastically altering the biting surface of the tooth. In such cases, people may have lots of trouble eating even basic foods that are a little hard, such as breads with crunchy crusts or vegetables like carrots. In addition, there may be increases tooth sensitivity or instances of pain in the tooth and jaw. It’s for that reason that many people turn to Dr. Jose Valenzuela, Jr. for help.
At the Los Algodones implant and cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Valenzuela, we will consider all viable treatment options to restore the appearance and the functionality of your smile. With this commitment to both the aesthetics of a smile and the health of the mouth in general, we will also work to ensure that you are satisfied with the results and come away with a positive experience.
In some cases, a severely decayed or damaged tooth will need to be extracted and replaced using dental implants. In other cases, a dental crown may be used to cap the tooth in question. And in yet other cases, you may best benefit from the use of inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays are great options for restoring the appearance and functionality of a smile. Let’s look at what inlays and onlays are and how they can help you.
Inlays and onlays are specially made dental ceramic materials that are applied to the cusps (aka the biting surfaces) of a tooth. Generally, inlays and onlays are best used for the molars and premolars given the shape and function of these teeth. For incisors and canines, Los Algodones porcelain veneers may be best for masking imperfections.
During the inlay and onlay process, the dentist first prepares each tooth for the inlays or onlays. This will involve the removal of tooth material that is decayed or damaged that may pose problems for the tooth down the road. Once this is completed, impressions of the teeth will be taken to design the final inlays and onlays. Once these have been crafted, the inlays and onlays are then placed directly on the tooth and allowed to set so that they are firmly in place. The inlays and onlays will be color-matched to your teeth so that they look natural.
Inlays and onlays mean a great-looking smile and more tooth structure preserved than with porcelain crowns. Of course, finding out if inlays and onlays are right for you will need to be determined during a consultation at our practice. For more information about inlays, onlays, and other options for expert smile restorations and makeovers, contact Los Algodones cosmetic and dental implants dentist Dr. Jose Valenzuela, Jr. today.