Dental restorations are used to fix damaged or imperfect teeth. At Great Park Dental we use inlays and onlays in Irvine to repair back teeth with mild to moderate cracks, fractures or decay. For a severely damaged tooth, a crown is the better solution.
It’s always the best to consult your dentists before choosing any services. As for dental inlays and onlays in Irvine, book an appointment with a dentist practicing at Great Park Dental.
The best candidates for an inlay or onlay have too much tooth damage for filling, but not enough for a dental crown. By placing an inlay or onlay, your dentist in Irvine can preserve more of the tooth structure. In addition, there are more benefits to choosing inlays and onlays over traditional metal fillings, including:
Durability: This type of dental restoration is made from hard-wearing materials which last up to three decades.
What’s more, they can add strength to weakened teeth, up to 75 percent. Metal fillings can reduce tooth strength by up to 50 percent. Therefore, a tooth restored with an inlay or onlay will not only last longer, but it will also be less likely to need further treatment in the future.
In addition, inlays and onlays are sometimes used at Great Park Dental, to replace old fillings. Both restorations are similar, but an onlay is a more extensive repair that extends over the top edges (cusps) of a tooth.
Your new restoration can be completed in two visits. At the second appointment, inlays and onlays are bonded to the affected area of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays in Irvine are placed in a similar way. First, your Irvine dentist will numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic. Then, any decay or damage is removed to prepare the tooth. Mouth impressions are made and sent to a lab where your new restoration will be made. A temporary inlay or onlay will be placed in the meantime.
At the second visit, your dentist in Irvine will remove the temporary restoration. Your dentist will make and necessary adjustments to ensure sure your new inlay or onlay fits properly. Once it fits perfectly your dentist will bond the layer to the tooth with a strong dental adhesive. The last step is to polish to ensure the surface smooth for an aesthetically pleasing finish.
Walk in to our dental clinic or book an appointment with our trained dentists at Great Park Dental for dental inlays and onlays near you. We also offer our services in East Irvine, Orangetree, Oak Creek, Woodbridge, Cypress Village, Woodbury, Stonegate.