If you have a damaged tooth, you may not need an extraction or even a crown. In many cases, Drs. Jonathan Gordon, and Sean Fahid, are able to help their patients from throughout Los Angeles County with dental inlays and onlays. These quick, restorative dental treatments are available at Couture Smiles Dental Group in Woodland Hills, California. Call or book online for an appointment today.
If a tooth is decayed or damaged but does not require a dental crown, the knowledgeable dentists at Couture Smiles Dental Group may recommend porcelain inlays and onlays. An inlay or onlay, which is sometimes called a partial crown, can be used as an alternative to a traditional dental filling or as a treatment to protect and strengthen a chipped or otherwise damaged tooth.
Dental inlays are used to fill and cover the space between the cusps of a tooth. Onlays cover the entire surface of the tooth. In addition to providing additional strength for a tooth, dental inlays and onlays can prevent additional decay by sealing of the bumpy surfaces, particularly on molars which are sometimes hard to keep clean.
They are a favored alternative to traditional fillings, which can reduce the strength of the natural tooth by up to 50%. Dental inlays and onlays, on the other hand, can actually strengthen the tooth by up to 75%. A dental inlay or onlay is a restoration that is bonded directly to the surface of the tooth using high-strength resin after the decay or damage has been removed from the tooth. Unlike dental crowns, which require some healthy tooth to be removed as well as the decayed portion to make room for the cap, inlays and onlays only need the decayed tissue to be removed before application.
In most cases, your dental inlays and onlays in Woodland Hills, California, can be completed in just two comfortable visits to Couture Smiles Dental Group. Each inlay or onlay is custom-made from high-quality porcelain at the practice’s in-house aesthetic dental lab to perfectly fit your tooth for a natural-looking, comfortable restoration. Porcelain inlays and onlays can last for 10-30 years, making them a great choice for a lasting, healthy smile.
Inlays and onlays serve the same purpose in restoring a damaged tooth. Inlays are used when the damage is less extensive and does not reach the cusps of the tooth, whereas a dental onlay is used when the damage extends to the tooth cusps. For more information on porcelain inlays and onlays, contact Couture Smiles Dental