Andrew Tibbitts DDS offers professional dental inlays and onlays in Murrieta, to enhance your smile's health and appearance. When there is significant damage or decay on a tooth or even several teeth, a dental inlay or onlay can be a very effective and durable treatment. Made from porcelain composite resin, they are tooth-colored and can be used to replace metal fillings for patients who desire a more natural looking smile.
Inlays are very similar to fillings in that they are used to treat the decay or damage on the inner cusp of the tooth. They can be used to replace damaged or old filling, improving the cosmetic appeal of your teeth. An inlay placement usually is complete after two office visits. During the first visit an impression of your tooth is often made and sent off to a lab for fabrication, this ensures that the inlay will fit properly. A temporary inlay will be bonded to the tooth until your second visit. During the second visit Dr. Tibbitts will make sure the fabricated inlay fits properly and will bond it to the tooth. There is no downtime after this procedure, meaning if need be you could go straight to work or carry on with your day after you leave the office.
Onlays are very similar to inlays but require more substantial reconstruction because they extend out over one or more cusps of the tooth. They are able to save a significant amount of the tooth structure and can be used as an alternative to a full crown. Like inlays, onlay placement is completed after two office visits.
Benefits of Inlays/Onlays
Unlike traditional fillings that can reduce the strength of your teeth by 50%, inlays/onlays are bonded to the tooth using a high-strength resin, which can increase your teeth's strength by up to 75%. Because of their durability, inlays/onlay can last for 10 to 30 years (much longer than conventional fillings). The porcelain resin material that they are made of makes the appearance of look virtually invisible, and because they save the decayed or damaged teeth, inlays/onlays prevent the need for more extensive treatment later on.
Get a healthy smile! Contact us today to schedule an examination at (951) 677-5113 for our Dental Inlay and Onlay services in Murrieta!