Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are both types of indirect fillings that can be used to repair teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay. Made of gold, porcelain, or other materials, inlays and onlays offer durability and preservation of the teeth that they are used to restore. Because these indirect fillings differ in size, they are applied in different situations by our West Hollywood inlays expert. Here is more about inlays and onlays, how they differ and how they are used.
Inlays West Hollywood
Dental inlays are literally laid into teeth by our expert in inlays in West Hollywood and are smaller than onlays. Used on the chewing surfaces of molars, inlays restore damage that does not extend to the cusps, or ridged edges, of teeth. Unlike conventional fillings, inlays are resistant to expansion and contraction caused by temperature changes. This makes inlays supportive of tooth structure and reduces risks of breakage in the long term. In addition, inlays can last for decades longer than traditional fillings.
Onlays West Hollywood
Compared to inlays, onlays are larger and are used to restore damage that reaches the cusps of chewing surfaces on molars. Halfway between crowns and inlays in terms of size, onlays are laid over teeth for restoration that is not determined to need a full crown. Like inlays, onlays offer excellent strength and help protect teeth against future damage.
Our West Hollywood onlays expert places inlays and onlays in multiple appointments. At an initial appointment, our dentist takes bite impressions, prepares the tooth and places a temporary filling for protection while the new restoration is being made. During the second appointment, our dentist removes the temporary filling and bonds the new inlay or onlay in place.
Although restorations made of gold offer superior durability, our expert in onlays in West Hollywood can place tooth-colored inlays and onlays in teeth that may be visible from outside the mouth. Daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups at our office can help support the maximum lifespan of inlays and onlays. To learn more about these treatments and their value for treating tooth damage, patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist in West Hollywood.