Inlays and Onlays in Los Angeles, CA

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Are you currently suffering from a chipped tooth or one that’s become affected by a cavity? If so, it’s important that you treat this issue as soon as possible. Without treatment, this damage can linger and eventually cause further damage to the nerves of your tooth. When nerves become affected, the pain is quite severe and can take additional treatments in order to fix properly. If you’re in a situation where you require dental fillings for a missing portion of your tooth, you may wish to consider inlays and onlays.

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What Are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are special dental fillings that are designed to restore both the function and form of the tooth that’s been damaged. This dental solution is used primarily when other dental fillings are unable to be used effectively. Both inlays and onlays consist of a very durable substance, typically porcelain. These fillings are then placed over the tooth and cemented into place. We at Adams Family Dentistry will help you identify which solution is right for your specific problem.

Inlays are made to resemble dental fillings in a lot of ways, as they fit directly into the cusp of the tooth. Onlays are much more comprehensive, extending all the way over the cusp of the tooth. While many patients simply require the usage of inlays, an onlay may be necessary in the event that a cuspal fracture has occurred. It’s important to understand that other dental fillings like amalgam and composite are unable to replicate the cusp portion of the tooth. However, onlays still lead to the same result of getting the appearance and function of your teeth back to normal.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

Much like standard dental fillings, inlays and onlays offer a wide array of tangible benefits that should make them very appealing solutions for the missing portions of your tooth. For one, dental onlays help to fully cover the cusp of the tooth, which keeps unwanted bacteria from developing in the area. The damage that’s been done to your tooth is also stopped from spreading further. When other dental fillings don’t work well with your teeth, inlays and onlays can be a welcome solution, as they are designed to work even when other treatments don’t. A few of the additional benefits you receive from inlays and onlays include

  • Prevention of tooth loss
  • Makes it easier to properly clean your teeth
  • Prevents further damage to the nerve and root of the tooth
  • Protects the cusp from further damage in the future
  • Allows the tooth to function properly again through such activities as biting and chewing
  • Allows your tooth to appear normal

These are just some of the many benefits afforded to you when selecting an inlay or onlay for your damaged tooth.

If you’ve considered dental fillings in the past, but have been unable to make use of either composite or amalgam fillings, call us immediately and we’ll assist you in identifying if inlays or onlays will properly treat the missing portion of your tooth.