Tooth decay can severely impact the appearance of your teeth. This in turn can lead to a loss of confidence in your smile. Instead of sharing it with those around you, you might feel the need to hide it. We believe no one should have to endure this. That is why we provide our patients with the option for dental inlays and dental onlays. Finally, you can achieve a smile that you can be confident in.
At Encino Family Dental, we believe every patient has the right to a healthy and happy smile. In addition to dental inlays and onlays, we offer a range of other tooth restoration options. Call us today to get started on achieving a smile that fills you with confidence. We are happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have. Every step of the way, our goal is for you to be comfortable and informed.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Both dental inlays and onlays are means of restoring a healthy appearance to teeth that have become deteriorated. As tooth decay spreads, it can cause more and more structural damage to your teeth. Not only does this alter their appearance, but it can make them weaker. A decayed tooth becomes more vulnerable to cracks or other accidental damage.
Dental inlays and onlays work to counteract this structural loss. They work much like fillings do, replacing lost tooth material. However, their application is slightly different. For both inlays and onlays, you will notice a significant improvement in the appearance and function of the treated teeth.
Dental inlays fill in the center of a tooth. They are the best option for when decay has not affected the sides of a tooth yet.
As the name suggests, dental onlays lie on top of the tooth. They are used to replace lost material both within and around the tooth. They typically cover part or all of the tooth.
Do I Need Inlays or Onlays?
If you are suffering from teeth damaged by tooth decay, the dental inlays or dental onlays could be for you. Below are some signs that this straightforward procedure could bring you scores of benefits. Do you want to:
- Restore a natural and full look to your smile
- Extend the life and improve the structure of your teeth
- Have a long-lasting solution
- Treat your teeth with the safest restoration procedure
- Avoid the trouble of fillings that could expand
When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Yassa will help you decide which tooth restoration treatment will best help you reach your goals. Depending on your needs, she will put together a plan to help you achieve a smile you are proud of.
What Is the Process Like?
Receiving dental inlays or onlays is not only very safe, but it is a straightforward process. We do treat the affected tooth, but much less of the tooth is removed than it would be for a crown. Inlays and onlays allow you to preserve more of your tooth in the process.
Once your tooth has been prepared, we collect an impression. This allows us to create inlays or onlays that are perfect matches for your teeth. Additionally, we create inlays and onlays that suit the color of the rest of your teeth. The idea is to have them be all but invisible. When restoring a patient’s smile, we seek to deliver an entirely natural-looking result.
Once your onlays or inlays have been fully prepared and customized to fit your teeth, we apply them. Most patients report feeling no pain at all during the process, which is one reason many people are excited to receive this treatment. Your smile will be bright once again, and all without any discomfort.
How Long Do Dental Inlays and Onlays Last?
Much like your natural teeth, inlays and onlays will require attention and care if you want them to last. However, the good news is caring for them won’t be much different from your usual oral hygiene routine. If you keep your teeth clean, your inlays and onlays should last you for years to come.
That means it will be important to:
- Brush and floss your teeth daily
- Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings
- Be attentive to any changes in the inlays or onlays
Schedule an Appointment Today
Don’t let tooth decay and damage continue to drag down your quality of life. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Yassa at Encino Dentist today to get started. Dr. Yassa works closely with each patient to help you decide on which restoration option is best for you. Every step of the way, you are kept fully involved and informed. Call us today to set up your appointment and learn more about how we can help you restore your smile.