Dental Inlays & Onlays in San Diego
Tooth decay happens to everyone, with 92% of adults having experienced a cavity at some point in their life. Small cavities are typically treated by a filling, which keeps the tooth healthy. In some cases, however, the cavity-containing tooth is not structurally strong enough to support a traditional cavity. The solution for these patients is a dental inlay or onlay. As these dental procedures are trickier than a regular filling, it is important to see a prosthodontist like Dr. Richard Feinberg to ensure that you get the best dental inlays and onlays San Diego has to offer.
What is a Dental Inlay?
Many cavities affect the top portion of a tooth. Sometimes, placing a filling in this area may decrease the structural integrity of the tooth, providing problems with bite or long-term durability. A dental inlay is typically made from dental porcelain, although gold may sometimes be used. While dental fillings are typically placed during a dental visit, inlays must first be created in a dental lab. They are then attached to the tooth using a special bonding process, which ensures the inlay stays in place.
What is a Dental Onlay?
A dental inlay is placed on the center or top surface of the teeth. When decay affects the walls of a tooth, the procedure is called a dental onlay. The procedure is similar to that needed to place a dental inlay. Onlays may include one or more “cusps” (peaks) of a tooth or may cover the entire top surface of a tooth.
"I had pretty sever tooth decay on two of my molars. I was told by another dentist I would need to get a 2 crowns. Good thing I got a 2nd opinion from Dr. Feinberg. he was able to fix my teeth with a dental inlay on one and an onlay on the other. Saved me lots of dough! And the award for the best dental inlays & onlays San Diego has available goes to... Dr. Feinberg! " -Joe E.
Advantages of Dental Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays have several advantages over alternative approaches to tooth restoration, including the following:
- Preservation of healthy tooth tissue. For people with minimal to moderate tooth decay, a full dental crown may not be necessary. Inlays and onlays are perfect for situations in which as much natural tooth tissue as possible should be preserved.
- Color matching. Dr. Feinberg works hard to ensure that dental inlays and onlays are nearly impossible to notice. This includes carefully matching the color of the porcelain material to the color of the tooth. Importantly, dental inlays and onlays tend not to change color over time, ensure an attractive appearance for years to come.
- Durability and longevity. Dental inlay and onlays are a great way to enhance the structural integrity of a tooth. They are long-lasting and provide a durable surface that withstands everyday wear and tear.
For the best dental inlays and onlays in San Diego, contact our office today to learn how Dr. Feinberg can restore your smile.