Inlays and Onlays
Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry
Our goal is to provide the treatments that allow you to enjoy healthy, stable teeth for many years. When a tooth is damaged for any reason, our first priority is to take the steps necessary to protect and preserve it.
Dental inlays and onlays are restorations that are used to repair mild to moderate decay or cracks and fractures on back teeth. In most cases we utilize inlays and onlays when a tooth has too much damage to be repaired with a filling but is not so compromised that it warrants placement of a dental crown.
Inlays are used when the decay affects the upper surface of a tooth. An onlay is used when the cavity affects the entire tooth as well as the cusps. They are a healthy alternative to invasive treatments because they allow us to preserve more of your tooth’s original structure.
Dr. Kenneth Cho has extensive training in creating restorations that improve your appearance and enhance your oral health. He stays current with the most recent advances in dental technology and materials to provide you with the best quality care possible.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays are an alternative to direct fillings and are used to protect the surface area between the tips (cusps) of your teeth. They can be produced from a variety of material including plastic, resin, and zirconia. These types of restorations are one of the most popular treatments available to protect teeth from further damage, periodontal infections, and decay.
Compared to inlays, onlays address problems that extend to the cusps of the tooth. They are generally produced from porcelain or gold materials.
Composite inlays and onlays are an indirect restoration in which the tooth and cusps are covered by a layer of composite material, usually a compound of plastic and silica materials. A temporary restoration may be provided while we fabricate your permanent inlays and onlays.
Placing Inlays and Onlays
Dr. Cho will start by numbing the tooth with a local anesthetic. He then removes the old filling and takes an impression of the tooth. This impression is used to create a mold that is sent to the dental lab where the restoration is custom made to our specifications using gold, porcelain, or a composite material.
When the restoration is finished, you will return to our office, and the inlay or onlay will be carefully cemented in place. Your new restoration bonds securely to the surface of the treated tooth to achieve a natural, uniform appearance.
Inlays and onlays are effective, durable restorations, and we’ll be happy to arrange a consultation to help you decide if they are the most appropriate solution for you. Please contact our La Habra dental office to make an appointment.