For some, a dental filling or crown is not the most suitable or cosmetic restoration. For these individuals, Dr. Tran Han may recommend dental inlays and onlays in Altadena, California. To learn more about the advances of this customized, aesthetic restoration option, please call Mint Dental Loft at 626.639.8618 and arrange a visit with our dentist.
Dental inlays and onlays are a conservative restorative treatment designed to give you back a healthy and attractive smile. Inlays and onlays are typically recommended to repair damaged and decayed teeth, and are also known as “partial crowns.” These restorations are custom-made to fit your teeth perfectly in order to fully restore their health, function and appearance. Inlays and onlays also work to conserve your natural tooth structure, providing you with a better long-term solution as only minimal removal of your tooth tissue is needed for the treatment.
Inlays and onlays usually require two appointments to complete – one appointment in which the teeth are prepared and impressions are taken, and another in which the inlay or onlay is bonded into place. Inlays and onlays are typically made of porcelain, tooth-colored resin or gold. Once placed in the mouth, your inlay or onlay will be almost unnoticeable.
The difference between inlays and onlays is simple. An inlays is recommended when the damage to your tooth does not reach the tooth cusps, or pointed tips of the tooth. An onlay is recommended when the damage to the tooth has affected one or more of the cusps. Our dentist will examine your teeth to determine which type of restoration will provide you with the best results.
If you have any questions about dental inlays or onlays, contact our office today.