Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are a type of restoration that can restore areas of significant damage on or in a tooth. Our expert in inlays in Agoura Hills may recommend inlays and onlays when you have a tooth with a large cavity, serious damage, or a large filling that needs to be replaced. Unlike dental crowns, inlays and onlays require little preparation, so there is less disruption to the natural tooth structure.
Dental Inlays Agoura Hills
Our Agoura Hills inlays expert may recommend a dental inlay when the damage to the tooth is located within the cusps of the tooth. They are a more conservative option than crowns but offer greater support and strength than traditional fillings. Inlays are often called indirect fillings because they fit into the tooth much like a dental filling, but they are made in a dental laboratory for a precise, attractive fit. When properly maintained, an inlay can last for many years while adding strength, function, and beauty to your damaged tooth.
Dental Onlays Agoura Hills
If the damaged or decayed area extends to one or more of the tooth’s cusps, our Agoura Hills onlays expert may recommend a dental onlay. Onlays are much like inlays but cover a more extensive portion of the tooth. They can also be called partial crowns. If our expert in onlays in Agoura Hills determines that you are a candidate for a dental onlay, you will need to schedule two appointments: one for the preparation of the tooth and another for the placement of the restoration.
At your initial appointment, the decayed part of the tooth will be removed. This is usually done under local anesthesia. Dental impressions will be taken so that the lab can mill your new inlay or onlay. A temporary restoration may be placed to protect your tooth. At the second appointment, a conditioning liquid will be applied to the tooth before the porcelain restoration is bonded into place. Good dental habits that include brushing, flossing, and routine checkups are important to getting the most out of your inlay or onlay.
Give us a call today to learn more about available restoration options or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Agoura Hills.