Dr. Guzman has significant experience in the application of natural-looking, durable inlays and onlays in patients from San Francisco, CA and the surrounding neighborhoods - helping patients from throughout the region repair large cavities and other damage so they can reduce the likelihood of more serious issues.
Inlays and Onlays Q & A
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are special restoration techniques used to treat decay and damage in specific portions of the tooth. Generally speaking, inlays correct damage that occurs on the top surface of the tooth while onlays address more extensive damage that affects a larger portion of the tooth, often including both the top surfaces and a portion of the side surface of a tooth. Because they cover a larger portion of the tooth, onlays are sometimes referred to as partial crowns. Inlays and onlays can be used when a traditional filling isn't enough but a complete crown isn't necessary. Because they're custom-crafted to fit your tooth shape, inlays and onlays also help strengthen a tooth after it's been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays and onlays are made of strong, durable composites that can be tinted to match your natural teeth.
How are inlays and onlays applied?
Most procedures require two visits. Application of an inlay or onlay begins in the same way as a “regular” filling procedure: First, the area of decay of damage is removed and carefully cleaned and prepared for the inlay or onlay to be applied. Next, an impression is made of the tooth which will serve as a model for the inlay or onlay, which will be custom crafted in a dental lab. A temporary filling may be used to protect the tooth while the inlay or onlay is being made. At the next visit, the inlay or onlay is applied with a very strong dental adhesive and the surface is gently shaped for a superior and comfortable fit.
Do inlays and onlays require special care?
No, you can care for them as you do your natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing and routine trips to the dentist to ensure they stay in their best shape for years to come.