Inlays and onlays, often referred to as partial crowns, are used to strengthen and restore the shape of a damaged tooth. An inlay is placed to replace portions of the inside of a tooth and onlays are used to replace or restore the outside of the tooth.
Previously, inlays and onlays made of gold and ceramic resin composites were used. More recently, however, porcelain has replaced these materials because of its capacity to match the natural color of the teeth and because of its strength. Additionally, inlays and onlays are used in place of a traditional dental billing to treat tooth decay or structural damage.
How are inlays/onlays placed?
During the initial visit, the decayed area of the tooth is removed. A mold is taken of the tooth and is then sent to the dental lab to be made. During this time, a temporary inlay or onlay is placed until the next visit to the office. In the subsequent appointment, the inlay or onlay is placed and once proper fit is determined, it is cemented into place. There are no side effects to the procedure and provide the great advantage of a natural look so that no one will even know you have it.
What are the benefits of inlays/onlays?
- Preserves tooth health more than a traditional filling
- Capacity to match natural tooth color
- Ensure functional longevity
- Easy cleaning, as you would a natural tooth
- Long-lasting strength and stability
Speak to our dentist in Encino to decide which treatment is best for you. Dr. Cerveny has the knowledge and expertise to ensure excellent dental care and superior oral health!