Inlays & Onlays
Have you suffered a fracture, a cracked tooth or suffering from tooth decay? If you are, then you came to the right place! Here at Old Town Orange Dental Group, Dr. Levitt and his team can restore your tooth and your smile using dental inlays or onlays. After the doctor has examined your case, he will determine the extent of your problem and recommend that an inlay or onlay is used to repair your tooth and keep it protected. If the problem is more severe, a different restorative treatment might be necessary to successfully solve your dental issue. Dental inlays or onlays are part of several restorative treatments available: dental fillings fix minor issues, dental inlays and onlays repair problems that cannot be solved using dental fillings and dental crowns restore and protect teeth that have more severe issues and cannot be treated with fillings or inlays and onlays.
Inlays are applied to the inside of the tooth cavity, similar to dental fillings, while onlays are used on the inside and top of the tooth. Different materials can be used to create an inlay or onlay like: gold, ceramic, porcelain and composite resin. Aside from using gold, the other three materials provide a metal-free option that is also more aesthetically discrete. The application of inlays or onlays usually takes two visits to complete, and it is a fast and painless procedure.
Procedure for Inlays & Onlays:
- A comprehensive examination allows Dr. Levitt to determine which tooth or teeth need treatment
- The damaged tooth or teeth are then completely cleaned
- An anesthetic gel and injection are applied to the area being treated to block any pain
- A custom-made inlay or onlay is created in a lab, using a mold of your tooth or teeth
- Your tooth or teeth are then covered temporarily while your new inlay and onlay are being made
- The temporary cover is removed, and your teeth cleaned again
- The permanent inlay or onlay is then cemented to your tooth or teeth
- The tooth is the smoothed and polished, so it fits perfectly with your bite and the rest of your teeth
Our dentist recommend that you maintain good oral hygiene to prevent decay and make your inlay or onlay last for years. Call us at (714) 997-9030 to schedule your appointment today! And find if dental inlays or onlays are the solutions to your dental problems.