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      Inlays & Onlays

      Inlays and onlays are are more extensive than dental fillings but less so than caps and crowns. These are made of gold, porcelain or resin, and typically formed in a dental lab. An inlay is a restoration that is formed to fit the center of a tooth, whereas an onlay refers to a restoration that encompasses at least one cusp of the tooth. Both inlays and onlays are attached to the surface of damaged teeth and matched to the color of the other teeth.

      Did You Know ...

      Inlays and onlays can be used as dental crowns when you have a broken or damaged tooth? An inlay or onlay can be custom-created to fit securely onto the tooth’s surface, when fillings are not enough to repair a tooth. The restoration can be created to appear natural and will have the same function as a natural tooth. Inlays and onlays have extremely high success rates and because they are custom made for each patient. They will usually last longer than traditional fillings.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Am I a candidate for an inlay or onlay?

      If you have moderate tooth damage or decay, you could be a candidate for an inlay or onlay in Laguna Hills. Schedule a dental consultation for an examination and to find out if an inlay or onlay is right for you.

      What should I expect when I get my Laguna Hills inlay or onlay restoration?

      It may take multiple dental treatments in order for an inlay or onlay restoration to be completed. First, your tooth will be prepared for treatment, and an impression will be taken. The dentist may fit you will a temporary restoration whyle you permanent inlay or onlay is being made. Once the inlay or onlay is completed, you will return to have the temporary restoration removed and the permanent one bonded to the surface of the teeth.

      Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?

      While temporary restorations are in place, special care is necessary. It is very important to avoid sticky or hard foods that could cause significant damage to temporaries. Once your permanent inlay or onlay is finished, you can resume normal eating, brushing and flossing habits.