When Should Inlays and Onlays be Used?

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Inlays and onlays are an alternative to traditional fillings, and fit a very specific set of circumstances. They are typically used for teeth that are too damaged to support traditional fillings, but not so damaged that they need to be crowned. In this alternative state, inlays and onlays are sometimes referred to as indirect fillings—as opposed to direct fillings.
Inlays build up the interior of the damage tooth in much the same way fillings do. But while fillings can degrade tooth structure by 50 percent, inlays actually increase tooth strength by up to 75 percent. This gives a tooth, even a damaged one, greater life expectancy.
Onlays are meant to cover the biting surface of the tooth, and so cover more ground than inlays. Both inlays and onlays are made of composite resin or porcelain, and are tooth-colored for realism.
If you have teeth that are cracked or broken, but not so severely that you need crowns, our expert in inlays and onlays in Van Nuys will probably approve your candidacy. They can also be used as a serious upgrade to your old fillings, or to replace fillings that have fallen out.
Contact our cosmetic dentist in Van Nuys today.

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CAD/CAM Inlays and Onlays and Their Advantages

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Inlays and onlays provide long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing restorations for teeth with severe decay or damage, but multiple appointments are necessary for their conventional forms. In many cases, patients can instead get CAD/CAM inlays and onlays from Dr. Ben Amini and Associate dentists at CitiDent.

CAD/CAM restorations are designed and produced through a computerized mechanical process. To begin, our San Francisco dentist takes images of the teeth from many angles using a special device. The resulting images are sent to a computer to be turned into an instructional program that an on-site milling machine can use.

The convenience of a single appointment is a primary advantage of CAD/CAM inlays and onlays. After waiting less than an hour, patients have their new restorations placed. However, these new inlays and onlays also have other advantages. For example, their ultra-precise design ensures the most comfortable and natural-looking results possible.

Inlays and onlays made through the CAD/CAM process are checked for a precise fit before being permanently bonded into place. With proper care, these restorations can last decades for patients.

Schedule a consultation with our dentist to learn more about CAD/CAM restorations and to find out if you qualify for inlays and onlays made this way.

When are Inlays and Onlays Recommended?

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Inlays and onlays are used to repair specific types of damage when fillings are not an option. Preformed before being placed in the teeth, both inlays and onlays offer excellent durability and support for appearance. Here is a look at when each of these treatments may be recommended by our Los Angeles dentist.

When Inlays Are Recommended

Inlays are used to repair decay or other physical damage on the chewing surfaces of molars as long as the damage does not reach the cusps, or edges, of those teeth. In many cases, inlays are recommended when the extent of damage is too great for fillings to be used without risking the structure of the teeth.

When Onlays Are Recommended

Onlays are similar to inlays, but they are used for damage that has reached the edges of the chewing surfaces of molars. Because of their size and positioning, onlays are sometimes called partial crowns.

Inlays and onlays are often constructed of porcelain or composite material to support a natural appearance, but they can also be made of gold for added durability in parts of the mouth that are less likely to be seen. By scheduling a consultation with our expert in onlays in Los Angeles, patients can learn more about these treatments and their applications.