Inlays & Onlays
While your teeth are intended to last a lifetime, various issues can cause an individual to seek restorative dentistry. For example, cavities cause large holes in the teeth that can impact the tooth’s overall structure and integrity. When this happens, many patients incorrectly believe that their only option is a dental crown. Fortunately, there are more conservative ways of restoring a tooth, including inlays and onlays. In San Diego, Dr. William V. Carlo and his team of Bankers Hill can make recommendations regarding these or other restorative options for the smile.
Inlays and onlays near you
Patients in the areas of San Diego and Banker Hills, California might be more familiar with dental crowns over inlays and onlays. Inlays are structures made to bond inside the cusp tips of a tooth, while onlays provide more coverage. However, both are much more conservative when compared to traditional dental crowns often placed over molars. Dr. William V. Carlo wants to maintain as much of the natural enamel and tooth structure as possible and will avoid placing a dental crown if not necessary.
What materials are inlays and onlays made from?
William V. Carlo commonly utilizes materials such as porcelain to create dental inlays and onlays, though other materials used may include composite resin or gold. The porcelain restoration is highly desirable because it blends in with the patient’s natural tooth structure and can last many years with proper care.
How long does it take to place an inlay or onlay?
Inlays and onlays require only two visits to complete. During the initial visit in Bankers Hill, patients will consult with their dentist to determine if they are good candidates. The tooth is then prepared for restoration by removing the damaged or decayed areas. Impressions are made and sent to a lab for fabrication of the final restoration, and patients will leave with a temporary sealant to protect the prepared tooth. When the final restoration is completed and mailed back to the dental office, patients will return to have the temporary sealant removed and their new inlay or onlay put in place with dental bonding material.
How long will a dental inlay or onlay last?
In many cases, patients who take good care of their smiles will enjoy their inlay or onlay for a decade or longer. Dr. William V. Carlo will discuss ways to extend the longevity of restorations with proper home dental health habits.
Protect and restore your smile with inlays and onlays near you
Inlays and onlays in San Diego area dental practices are the most conservative way to address significant areas of decay while maintaining the natural appearance and function of the smile. If you are interested in restorative dentistry solutions, call Dr. William V. Carlo today at (619) 285-0950.
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