Using inlays and onlays as a conservative restoration for damaged teeth
Inlays and onlays are common dental restorations utilized by our team to repair teeth that have been damaged or weakened due to decay, trauma, or wear. They are custom-made from materials such as porcelain, gold, ceramic, or composite resin and then bonded onto the existing structure of the tooth. Inlays fit inside the cusp tips of a tooth, while onlays cover the entire biting surface of a tooth. Both provide strength and protection to a damaged or weakened tooth, helping to restore it to its natural shape and function. Dr. Ali Soltanirad (Dr. Rad) of Dos Caminos Dental in Camarillo, California, works routinely with patients who will benefit from inlays and onlays instead of other restorative dentistry solutions.
Why should I use an inlay or onlay over a traditional dental crown?
Inlays and onlays are often preferred over traditional dental crowns because they can be made to match the existing tooth color, shape, and size. Unlike a crown that requires removing healthy parts of the surrounding teeth for support, an inlay or onlay is bonded directly onto the damaged tooth. This means that less natural tooth structure needs to be removed, and any further damage from grinding or clenching can be avoided. Inlays and onlays also provide a more natural look than crowns while being highly durable and long-lasting.
How long do inlays and onlays last?
Inlays and onlays are designed to last for many years with proper care and maintenance. Good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing, are essential to ensure the longevity of these restorations. Regular dental exams and cleanings can maintain an inlay or onlay by allowing our dental team to detect any signs of damage or decay early enough to replace them as needed. With good care, you can expect your inlays and onlays to be a lasting solution to tooth decay.
What should I do if I believe I might need an inlay or onlay?
If you think you might be a good candidate for an inlay or onlay, seek a consultation appointment from a qualified dentist such as Dr. Ali Soltanirad (Dr. Rad). He can evaluate your unique situation and determine the best type of restoration for your needs. After discussing your options with him, you can make an educated decision with your dentist on whether or not to move forward with inlays or onlays. Call (805) 427-8841 to request an appointment at our office at 2438 Ponderosa Drive N. C-111 in Camarillo, CA.