Dental inlays and onlays are a feasible option when more than half of a tooth biting surface is lost or decayed. Crowns are an alternative, but porcelain bonding that is attached firmly over the tooth is a more reliable and affordable solution. At Dentistry 2000, Dr. Assadian have years of experience working with dental inlays and onlays. Using this advanced restorative and cosmetic procedure, Dr. Assadian has restored the smiles of numerous patients in Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido.

What are inlays and onlays?

Dental inlays and onlays are directly adhered to the damaged surface of the tooth/teeth and are made of either gold, composite resin or porcelain. Traditionally Gold has been the material of choice in the past procedures. Porcelain nowadays is more popular material since it is more natural-looking, cosmetically appealing, and more durable.

An inlay is used for filling the inside of teeth, also called the cusp of teeth. An inlay is therefore much like a conventional tooth filling. An onlay, on the other hand, extends out over one or more cusps of the tooth.

How are they applied?

Only two appointments are required for the application of inlays and onlays. On the first visit, the damaged area of tooth is cleaned and prepared for the inlay or onlay. A perfect impression of the tooth is taken and sent to lab for fabrication. Meanwhile, the dentist applies temporary sealant or a gel that hardens and covers the damaged tooth until the next scheduled appointment.

On the second appointment, the sealant is carefully removed. The dentist applies the inlay or onlay on the required area of tooth securely. Once the inlay or onlay is satisfactorily applied, the dentist binds it to the tooth using resin and the teeth is polished for a smooth and shiny finish.

Our qualified and experienced dentist uses dental inlays and onlays to improve damaged teeth, especially those that have cavities, loss of tooth/teeth that hinder in overall stability and cracks/breaks within the tooth’s enamel that ultimately becomes prone to bacterial attack.

On the initial visit, Dr. Assadian will evaluate your dental condition and see if dental inlays and onlays will work for your damaged teeth and improve your dental health status. Only then does the dentist take measures and uses this cosmetic procedure to treat the problem.

While old fillings can reduce the strength and power of teeth by almost 50%, inlays and onlays can be bonded directly over the tooth and increase the teeth’s strength by as much as 75%. Therefore, with a choice of dental inlay or onlay over traditional fillings, your teeth can last over 10 to 30 years more.

Schedule a consultation today. Dr. Assadian and his highly qualified staff are here to assist you in all aspects of your dental needs.