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Inlays and Onlays

inlays and onlaysDental enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, but it can be damaged by decay or in accidents. Repairing the damage is critical to protecting your dental health and the look of your smile. Our Huntington Beach inlays expert may recommend dental inlays or onlays if your tooth is too damaged to be repaired with a dental filling but not damaged enough to require a dental crown.

Dental Inlays Huntington Beach

While dental crowns are excellent options for restoring severely compromised teeth, they require substantial preparation, which can result in the removal of healthy tooth structure. Inlays are designed to restore the tooth with less preparation and destruction of healthy enamel. Also frequently called indirect fillings, dental inlays fit into the tooth in between the cusps and are usually placed in two dental visits. They are made of dental porcelain, so they look much like your own enamel. And our expert in inlays in Huntington Beach customizes them so that they fit precisely and restore your tooth’s strength and function.

Dental Onlays Huntington Beach

Our Huntington Beach onlays expert may recommend onlays if the area of damage includes one or more of the tooth’s cusps. Onlays are similar to inlays but often provide more extensive coverage, which is why they are called partial crowns. The process for getting either type of restoration is similar. At your first appointment, our expert in onlays in Huntington Beach will prepare the tooth by removing any decayed tissue and shaping the surface. Impressions and other images may be taken to create the restorations. The new inlay or onlay will be placed at the next appointment.

Inlays and onlays are more durable and resilient than dental fillings, but you do need to take steps to maintain them. Brush and floss according to recommendations, and visit us about every six months for professional cleanings and checkups. Avoid using your teeth or restorations as tools to open things or to bite on non-food items like pencils or fingernails. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule your next appointment with our dentist in Huntington Beach.