Dental Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are a type of dental restoration used to fix teeth that are too damaged to be fixed by dental fillings but are not too broken enough to require a dental crown.

Inlays can be made from porcelain (which is the most common material we use in our office because it closely matches the color of people’s tooth), gold, or other resin materials.

Also known as indirect fillings, this type of dental restoration offers a more conservative approach with further benefits like excellent fitting, longevity, strength and stability, and tight space fulfillments. This is the reason why we often suggest this option to patients with slightly damaged teeth who come to Lifetime Dental.

The Procedure

  • Dr. Afzali will prepare the damaged tooth by cleaning and removing the decayed or damaged part of the tooth. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area to ensure a painless procedure.
  • An impression tray filled with dental putty is used to create a mold (impression) of the damaged tooth. This mold will be sent off to a dental laboratory where the dental inlays or onlays are custom-made to fit perfectly on your tooth.
  • While the inlays are onlays are being made at the laboratory, you will be provided a temporary cover for the damaged tooth to protect it until the permanent restoration is ready.
  • On your next visit, Dr. Afzali will remove the temporary filling and ensure that the inlays or onlays fit perfectly before bonding it to the tooth with a strong dental resin adhesive. She will also check your bite to make sure there are no problems.
  • The treatment is then completed by polishing the tooth to ensure a smooth and even finish.

Every visit to our clinic here in Rancho Cucamonga for inlays and onlays treatment takes about an hour, with the first appointment taking a little bit longer since the preparation process tends to be more elaborate. You might feel a little tenderness after the procedure and the affected tooth may also feel a little bit weird at first, but you will eventually get used to the new surface of your tooth.

If you have cavities that can no longer be treated with dental fillings, dental inlays or onlays may be more suitable for you. Please schedule an appointment with us by calling (909) 483-0812 to prevent further tooth damage.

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