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Inlays and Onlays


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For Extensive Tooth Damage


If you have suffered tooth damage, your tooth can be saved using dental fillings. However, if your tooth badly damaged, dental fillings might not be enough to replace the damaged part. Placing a dental crown on the tooth might also not be ideal if the damage is not significant enough. In such a case, dental inlays or onlays may be the best and only option of saving your teeth from additional damage. At Dublin Family Dental we offer inlays, and onlays placement, which helps to save your teeth before too much damage can be done.

What Are Dental Inlays and Onlays?


Dental inlays and onlays are restorative solutions used to repair and save a tooth. They are used when other dental restorative solutions (fillings and dental crowns) are not possible or necessary. Inlays and onlays are placed on the top (biting) surface of the teeth.
•  Inlays - they are used to restore the structure of a tooth that has significant damage in the inner portion of the tooth surface, between the cusps (pointed parts).
•  Onlays - they are used when the damage to the tooth has extended to one or more cusps. They are quite similar to dental crowns, except for the fact that they do not cover the entire surface of the tooth, only the biting surface.

Inlays and onlays are custom-made based on your teeth impression or using a computer designed model. Therefore, they help to restore the damaged tooth to its original structure. During the custom-fabrication process, tooth-colored materials such as porcelain, and composite resin can also be used, thus restoring the natural look of the tooth. However, metal materials, for example, gold, are also used due to their strength and durability.

When are Dental Inlays and Onlays Necessary?


Inlays and onlays can be an ideal solution for a decayed, broken, or fractured tooth. They are, however, necessary when the tooth has been extensively damaged such that a dental filling material would not be able to restore it. However, to get one of these restorative prosthetics, a sufficient part of the natural tooth must remain undamaged. Inlays and onlays can also be used to fix dental filling complications, for example, when the filling has fractured or has to be removed due to another dental problem.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays


•  They are durable - inlays and onlays are usually made from durable materials such as metals, ceramic, and porcelain. On top of that, they are permanently bonded to the structure of the tooth. Therefore, they help to restore the structure of the damaged tooth, while increasing its strength tremendously.
•  They help to conserve the original tooth structure - inlays and onlays are a conservative dental restorative procedure, where a large portion of the natural tooth is left unaffected, unlike dental crowns.
•  They can help restore the natural appearance of a tooth - inlays made from porcelain help to restore the natural look of a tooth, in addition to its structure and strength.

Are you interested in finding out more about inlays and onlays? Our skilled specialists at Dublin Family Dental can answer any questions you might have. Call us today at (925) 587-4417 to schedule an appointment.

Office hours


Mon - Thurs: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fri - Sun: Closed

Location


8265 Village Parkway
Dublin, CA 94568

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