Saving damaged teeth in a way that is attractive and strong can be done with inlays and onlays if the conditions are right. The inside of teeth is the most vulnerable to decay that must be removed professionally to preserve the healthy tooth. Our Canoga Park dentists use inlays and onlays as needed when there is not enough damage to require a full crown. It requires two visits so that the material can be customized to fit precisely with the damaged tooth.
Inlays and onlays are extremely similar, but the dentist will choose which is the most appropriate for the level of damage. Our expert in inlays in Canoga Park uses this to treat areas of decay inside the cusps of teeth. It is bonded inside the teeth to replace old metal fillings or to fill in areas of removed decay. Onlays cover more of the tooth surface if the damage extends to the cusp area of the back teeth that is used for chewing. Material options for this treatment include composite resin, porcelain, or gold if the patient prefers it. Most stick with the other two materials because it matches as closely as possible with the appearance of a natural tooth.