Our skilled dentist may recommend a dental inlay or onlay to restore your teeth and smile. Inlays and onlays are a conservative treatment, usually recommended when a tooth is too damaged for a filling but does not require a full crown. In fact, inlays and onlays are often referred to as “partial crowns.” Inlays and onlays work to preserve and support your natural tooth structure as much as possible. Once placed, they are nearly invisible in your mouth. If your inlay or onlay is made of tooth-colored materials, it will blend in perfectly with your teeth to create a naturally beautiful result.
When you receive an inlay or an onlay, our dentist will remove the decayed and damaged portions of your tooth structure and take an impression from which your inlay or onlay will be created. The inlay or onlay will then be placed to restore the strength, appearance and functionality of your tooth.
The difference between inlays and onlays is simple. An inlay is used when the damage does not reach the cusps (pointed parts of the tooth on the chewing surface) of the tooth. An onlay is used when one or more of the cusps has sustained damage.
For more information about dental inlays and onlays in Laguna Niguel, California, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris, call Smile Moderne today at (949) 554-1563.