Inlays and Onlays
Severely damaged or decayed teeth can affect the function and the appearance of your smile. However, placing porcelain crowns can require the removal of healthy tooth structure. Our Westlake Village inlays expert offers an alternative that may be appropriate for patients who have damage that is too great to be restored by a regular filling. Indirect fillings, which are also called inlays and onlays or partial crowns, can be used to restore health, function and appearance to your teeth without requiring extensive preparation or alteration.
Dental Inlays Westlake Village
Inlays are used to restore teeth that have suffered damage inside the cusps. Our expert in inlays in Westlake Village may require two to three dental visits to place the inlay. At your initial consultation, the tooth will be evaluated. Any decay that is present will be removed, which means that you may need anesthetic. Dental impressions will be taken to create an accurate restoration and then sent off to a dental lab, which will manufacture your restoration.
Dental Onlays Westlake Village
Onlays are used to restore one or more cusps of a damaged tooth. Once the dental laboratory has created the inlay or onlay, it will be returned to our office, and our Westlake Village onlays expert will check it for fit and appearance. A special conditioning liquid will be applied to prime the tooth, and then dental cement will be used to secure the onlay to the tooth. The bonding process will be completed with a special light that bonds the inlay or onlay to the tooth. Our expert in onlays in Westlake Village will polish the area for a flawless finish.
Maintaining your restorations requires careful attention to dental hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily. This prevents plaque and tartar buildup from harming your dental health. Visit us every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning, and avoid eating particularly hard or sticky foods that could harm your restorations. Contact our dental office today to learn more about dental inlays and onlays or to schedule an appointment with our Westlake Village dentist.