Azusa area Dentist describes Dental Inlays and Onlays
There are times in which patients may have areas of tooth decay that are too large for composite resin fillings but too small to need a dental crown. When this occurs, patients may be candidates for dental inlays or onlays.
Patients in and around the Azusa area can visit Gentle Care Dentistry of San Gabriel Valley to learn more about inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays are used for moderate areas of tooth decay or for teeth that are chipped or broken. These inlays are made of porcelain from impressions of the natural tooth. These are bonded to the tooth and polished to match the existing tooth enamel for seamless integration.
There are several benefits to dental inlays and onlays. They look natural, unlike silver amalgam fillings, which may stand out in the smile. They fit perfectly and do not expand and contract like metal fillings do. They are long lasting and they require minimal removal of tooth structure, making them a conservative method of restoring areas of decay while preserving most of the healthy tooth structure.
Two visits are necessary for the placement of dental inlays or onlays. During the first visit, impressions are made and sent to a laboratory for the fabrication of the restorations by a ceramist. They are made with specific instructions by the dentist for proper fit and appearance. A temporary may be placed until the second visit when patients return for placement of the permanent dental inlay or onlay.
Dr. Luu of Gentle Care Dentistry of San Gabriel Valley in the Azusa area is proud to offer a wide range of general and restorative dentistry procedures including dental inlays and onlays. Patients must first consult their dentist to determine if one of these is necessary for restoring the health of a tooth, and may undergo a series of diagnostic tests and examinations including x-rays to check the health of the natural tooth before proceeding. Patients who are appropriate candidates can schedule their first appointment and begin the process of repairing a tooth after damage, decay, or any other concerns that may result in the need for dental inlays and onlays.