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Inlays/Onlays

inlays onlaysScotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

What is an inlay/onlay?

An inlay or onlay procedure uses either a composite material or custom-made porcelain insert to repair a tooth with intermediate decay or damage. Sometimes, damage to a tooth is too far-gone for a filling to hold, yet a dental crown would be too invasive. An inlay involves repairing only the chewing surface of a tooth. An onlay is more extensive, involving the cusps (bumps) of a tooth. Both procedures are entirely natural looking since the material used is tooth-colored.

Benefits of an inlay or onlay

Inlays and onlays are a non-invasive, metal-free option to repair a tooth. Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry uses porcelain and a composite material of exceptional quality to provide you with beautiful, long-lasting results. The results of the procedure will blend in nicely with the rest of your teeth.

Benefits include:

  • Maintains and helps restore structural integrity of a tooth
  • Prevents costly treatments down the road
  • Helps to preserve natural tooth structure, as opposed to a dental crown
  • Fabricated to be tooth-colored, providing you with beautiful results
  • Durable and long-lasting form of a restoration
  • Strengthens existing tooth structure

The procedure

During the procedure for a porcelain inlay/onlay, the dentist will remove any unhealthy portions of your tooth, then take an impression that will be sent to our dental lab. The lab will make the porcelain inlay or onlay to fit your tooth precisely.

While your porcelain inlay or onlay is being made, you will wear a temporary one that we make right in our office. You will return for a second visit in which the dentist will permanently bond the material to your tooth, ensuring a smooth, even bite.

A composite inlay/onlay can be fabricated right in our office, and completed in only one visit. The dentist will determine which material is best for your treatment, depending on the condition of your existing tooth structure. Both materials will result in a completely natural look and improved function of your tooth.

After the procedure

Once the process for your inlay or onlay is complete, caring for your teeth is easy. Continue practicing healthy oral hygiene habits of brushing and flossing daily, plus, visit the dentist routinely for your checkups and cleanings. This way, we can assess your dental restoration for any signs of additional damage or any other oral health concerns that may arise that could compromise the longevity of your restoration.

Is an inlay or onlay right for me?

An inlay or onlay could be the right option for you if your tooth has sustained moderate damage or decay. Also, sometimes when old metal fillings are removed, there isn’t enough healthy tooth structure left to sustain a composite filling. In these cases, an inlay or onlay may be the right choice. Ideally, damaged teeth should be repaired as soon as a problem arises to protect the integrity of the tooth’s natural structure. Ignoring any dental concern will only escalate the issue, causing further damage and possible infection, at which point the tooth may require extensive restorations that are more costly.

Inlays and Onlays in Scotts Valley

To schedule a consultation, contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today at (831) 824-5111. We welcome patients of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.