Inlays and onlays are just like partial crowns and also work to protect your teeth, but without having to remove so much of your tooth’s natural structure. Leading Van Nuys, California, based dental practitioners Vachik Danoukh, DMD, and Parham Mansouri, DDS, MS, of 360 Dental offer modern inlay and onlay treatments. To get started on your inlay or onlay treatment, book a dental exam online or call the office directly.
Inlays and onlays are supportive and protective covers for your teeth that are essential when fillings and composite bonding aren’t enough. Using your existing tooth as a base, an inlay goes inside your tooth’s structure, while an onlay goes over it.
Usually, an inlay is needed when you don’t have any damage to the cusps of your tooth, while the onlay can restore damaged, cracked, or decayed cusps.
Getting an inlay or onlay with the expert dental practitioners at 360 Dental is very similar to getting a traditional filling. Your dedicated dentist starts out by thoroughly numbing your treatment area and administering sedation (if requested).
They carefully drill away the decayed part of your tooth and shape your tooth to be able to support an inlay or onlay. The next step involves creating a mold of your newly designed tooth and sending all of your details off to the dental lab.
Depending on your needs, your dentist might design a temporary inlay or onlay cover for your tooth to minimize sensitivity until your permanent fixture comes in from the lab. It usually takes about 2-3 weeks for your permanent inlay or onlay to arrive.
As soon as your new inlay or onlay is ready, the team schedules you for a follow-up visit to have it bonded. After your inlay or onlay is cemented in place, your practitioner allows you to bite down and smile to ensure it fits you comfortably. They can always adjust and file down any areas that are sticking up too much.
The premium inlays and onlays 360 Dental offers are entirely long lasting. You can expect your inlay or onlay to last for many years with proper care. They’re known for lasting up to 10 years (or more) in some cases.
To help your inlay or onlay last as long as possible, it’s important to continue coming into 360 Dental twice a year for routine cleanings and checkups. This way, your dental practitioner can remove any lingering plaque or tartar that would otherwise affect your tooth’s health and longevity of your inlay or onlay.
To learn more about modern inlays and onlays, book a consultation at 360 Dental. Request your appointment online or over the phone.