A dental crown is not your only option when considering restoration. Our experienced cosmetic dental team at Southland Dental Care offers less-invasive options to traditional dental crowns: inlays and onlays. With recent advancements in adhesive dentistry, inlays and onlays porcelain can be prepared and bonded to teeth, restoring the beauty and health of the original tooth.
Though an inlay shares many similarities to a regular dental filling procedure, it fills in just the cusps of the chewing surface of the tooth. The inlay essentially fills in the area of the cavity destroyed by decay. Most often, an inlay procedure is conducted when a small or medium-sized filling needs to be replaced because of wear and tear. The old filling is taken out and an optical impression is administered to assess size and width. Finally, within the matter of a few short minutes, the porcelain inlay is designed and assembled using the help of computer-assisted milling and one-day CEREC® technology.
The main concern of our dental professionals when conducting any procedure is always to conserve as much of the natural tooth as possible. When compared to porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays are a much more conservative alternative since less of the tooth’s structure is modified. Though very similar to inlays, onlays extend further to replace the cusp of the tooth and are a convenient and reliable option to replacing dental fillings. Inlays and onlays are primarily fabricated from porcelain or resin and are able to conserve the natural structure of the original tooth while simultaneously protecting and strengthening it. Hundreds of patients have restored unsightly metal-fillings with the more visually pleasing inlays and onlays at Southland Dental Care.
We understand that cosmetic dental work is a decision that takes consideration and evaluation of all your options. Dr. Hanookai and Dr. Abaian are happy to go over all your dental options in order to ensure that you are making the right decision each step of the way. Contact our office today to ask about the possibility of getting inlays and onlays and to schedule a complimentary consultation visit.