Dental Inlays & Onlays in Sacramento
Dental inlays & onlays are useful for both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Typically, inlays and onlays are used as an alternative to crowns. This procedure restores teeth that are damaged by decay, periodontal (gum) disease, or even some impact injuries.
Durable and hard-wearing, dental inlays and onlays can actually strengthen your teeth. This makes them a great alternative to fillings, which weaken the structure of the tooth.
At Redford Smiles, we offer expert application of dental inlays and onlays in Sacramento. Learn more about inlays and onlays from our expert dentist, Dr. Redford!
Dental inlays are an “indirect filling” used to strengthen a tooth that is weak due to decay or structural damage. They are typically used for teeth that do not require a full crown, but are too damaged for a traditional amalgam filling.
Dental inlays and dental onlays are very similar. However, dental inlays are used when only part of the tooth needs to be repaired. Dental onlays, in contrast, are used to repair the entire biting surface.
What Dental Inlays Do
Dental inlays are designed to repair the chewing surface of your tooth, and mimic the natural shape, appearance, and size of your tooth. They fit on top of the healthy tooth, and bond to it permanently.
At Redford Smiles, Dr. Redford will use advanced technology and imaging software to take images of your tooth. Then, a ceramic inlay is crafted and installed, restoring the natural function and appearance of your tooth.
The Dental Inlay Procedure
At Redford Smiles, we can provide dental inlays in just a single appointment, using CEREC technology that helps us create inlays without using a third-party laboratory.
At your appointment, Dr. Redford will treat you with a local anesthesia. Tooth decay or damage will be removed with a dental drill. This is very similar to dental filling treatment.
The tooth is then cleaned and prepared for the dental inlay. Dr. Redford will then take a cast of the damaged tooth using dental putty. This “impression” is then sent to our in-office CEREC machines. A dental inlay will be created that will fit your tooth with exact precision.
Typically, the inlay will be created using porcelain that matches the exact color of your tooth. At Redford Smiles, we only use high-quality ceramics. However, resin and metals such as gold can also be used by other dentists.
After your inlay is created by our CEREC machine, it is fitted to ensure that it’s absolutely perfect. Once the inlay fits perfectly, it will be bonded permanently to the tooth using an advanced resin adhesive.
Then, the entire tooth is buffed and polished, which creates a smooth and attractive appearance.
The Benefits Of Dental Inlays
Dental inlays have several advantages, compared to other procedures like crowns and fillings.
- Strengthens teeth – Unlike amalgam or composite fillings, dental inlays strengthen your teeth. Teeth treated with inlays can actually stand up to 50-75% more bite force, as compared to teeth with fillings.
- Natural appearance – Metal amalgam fillings can cause a grayish tint to teeth. Inlays made of porcelain, however, mimic the exact color of your tooth. This provides a more natural appearance.
- Lower cost – While inlays are more expensive than fillings, they are much cheaper than full dental crowns.
- Preserves more of your natural tooth – Placement of a dental crown often requires removal of a large amount of tooth enamel. An inlay can provide a similar restoration while still preserving the natural tooth structure.
Dental onlays are quite similar to dental inlays. “Onlay” refers to a dental treatment that covers multiple biting surfaces, and extends beyond the “cusps” of the teeth.
Essentially, if the treatment must cover the entire tooth, it’s known as an “onlay” and not an “inlay”.
What Dental Onlays Do
Dental onlays cover the entire chewing surface of the tooth. However, unlike a dental crown, dental onlays do not fully encase the tooth. Instead, a dental onlay simply replaces the entire chewing surface of the tooth.
This allows Dr. Redford to preserve more of the natural tooth structure, and results in a lower-cost, minimally-invasive procedure.
The Dental Onlay Procedure
The dental onlay procedure is quite similar to the dental inlay procedure. Dr. Redford typically applies dental onlays in just a single appointment, using CEREC technology.
During your appointment, the affected tooth is cleaned, and a dental drill removes damaged enamel and tooth materials. Depending on the severity of damage, the entire chewing surface may be removed to prepare for a dental onlay.
Dr. Redford will create a cast and image of your affected tooth. Then, our advanced CEREC machine will be used to create a dental onlay. The onlay is designed to fit perfectly on top of the existing tooth structure, and match the surrounding teeth.
Next, your dental onlay is checked to ensure it fits properly. If it does, it is bonded into place by using resin adhesive. The tooth is then polished, and the restoration is complete.
The Benefits Of Dental Onlays
Dental onlays are typically used as an alternative to dental crowns, and they offer several benefits, compared to crowns.
- Preserves natural tooth structure – Crowns require the removal of quite a bit of tooth structure. If a crown needs replacement in the future, this can mean that there may not be enough natural tooth left for another crown.
Onlays, on the other hand, allow the preservation of the natural tooth structure. If an onlay does fail, it can be replaced with a crown easily.
- Affordable – Onlays are cheaper than crowns, and offer much of the same restorative power. If your treatment is not covered by insurance, this can make onlays a more attractive option.
- Less invasive – Because dental onlays require the removal of less tissue, the placement of an onlay is less invasive than the placement of a crown.
Come To Redford Smiles For Dental Onlays & Inlays Today!
Using advanced CEREC technology, Dr. Redford at Redford Smiles provides same-day dentistry services for both inlays & onlays. If you have a tooth that has been damaged, or affected by serious tooth decay, contact us today to schedule an appointment!
You can reach us by phone at (916) 565-2570, or visit our Sacramento office, located at 79 Scripps Dr. Suite 204, Sacramento, CA 95608.
We look forward to hearing from you, and discussing how our Sacramento dental practice can help you restore your damaged teeth with high-quality CEREC onlays & inlays!