Inlays and Onlays: Advanced Dental Restorations

inlays and onlaysDr. John Van is one of the leading dentists in Mountain View, offering state-of-the-art dental care treatment to improve the health and beauty of smiles. This includes cosmetic procedures for smile makeovers as well as restorative dentistry treatments for mouth reconstructions.

Patients who experience serious tooth decay or tooth damage are helped a great deal by getting inlays and onlays. Let’s go over the basics of these restorations right now.

What Are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are larger dental restorations that are used to address major tooth decay or tooth injury. The inlays and onlays are strong and large, able to rebuild major portions of damaged tooth structure. This includes the cusps (biting surfaces) of the teeth.

Thanks to inlays and onlays, patients are able to bite, chew, and smile with absolute confidence again.

How Do Inlays and Onlays Differ from Dental Fillings?

In essence, inlays and onlays are larger versions of dental fillings. Whereas a dental filling is ideal for basic cavities, inlays and onlays restore more tooth structure.

During a consultation with your dentist, you’ll be able to find out what kind of restoration is the right one for you and your needs.

How Do Inlays and Onlays Differ from Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are reserved for major tooth damage and decay that claims the majority of the tooth structure. The crown will cap the remaining healthy tooth structure, protecting it from sensitivity and pain and allowing patients to bite and chew again with restored confidence.

In basic terms, when an inlay or onlay is unable to restore an extremely tooth sufficiently, the best option is the use of a dental crown.

Metal or Tooth-Colored Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays come in tooth-colored and metal varieties. The ideal material is based on the discretion of the dentist and the needs of the patient. For aesthetics and good overall stability, tooth-colored inlays and onlays work rather well, though sometimes the use of metal restorations may be more ideal when a patient needs work done on the molars.

How CEREC® Technology Makes a Difference

We’re proud to use CEREC® technology at our practice to help craft dental restorations on site. Rather than working with a dental lab, there is a milling unit at the practice that can create a custom restoration. This means that instead of patients waiting a week to 10 days for their custom inlays and onlays, they can get their restorations crafted and placed in just one visit to the dentist. This saves time and avoids hassles of additional scheduling.

How Good Are CEREC® Inlays and Onlays?

CEREC® inlays and onlays are durable and look great. They are made from a single block of dental ceramic that is matched to the natural teeth of the patient. The cosmetic results and overall health results are comparable to to the kinds of restorations made at a dental lab. With CEREC®, we basically bring the dental lab to you, the patient.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. John Van

To learn more about inlays and onlays and how they can help you have a healthy smile again, we encourage you to contact our advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Van looks forward to your visit.

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