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A damaged, broken, or decayed tooth not only affects the appearance of your smile, it can also cause a lot of pain. At Löberg Professional Dental Corporation, we offer our patients several options to restore the health and aesthetics of their teeth. For minor damage, we can often use dental bonding or veneers to fix the problem. Teeth that are severely damaged may require a crown, which completely encases the tooth. When the problem is moderate, many patients choose inlays or onlays.
Inlays and onlays are very similar restorations. Inlays are used for cavities that are located within the cusps of the tooth. Onlays actually cover more of the tooth, including some or all of the cusp, or tip. Both restorations are completed essentially the same way.
The procedure for both inlays and onlays usually requires two appointments. In the initial appointment, the decayed parts of the tooth are removed, while the healthy parts of the tooth remain intact. Impressions are then taken and sent to a laboratory for custom fabrication. A temporary restoration will be placed to protect the tooth until you return for your permanent one.
Inlays and onlays are made of porcelain. It is an excellent material for use in dental restorations because of how closely it resembles natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is strong and durable, so it provides patients with the peace of mind that their restoration will last long term.
Once the restoration is received in our office, patients will return for placement. Dr. Löberg will make sure the inlay or onlay fits properly and is the correct color before bonding it into place. Inlays and onlays can last for decades with the proper oral hygiene routine. Our team will instruct you on how to keep your teeth healthy with at-home care.
At Löberg Professional Dental Corporation, we will work with you to develop the most conservative treatment approach available to restore health, functionality, and beauty to your smile. If a damaged or decayed tooth is left untreated, it can continue to deteriorate and require a more extensive restoration. If you have a tooth that is causing you pain, or that you feel may require treatment, call our office today at 949.586.1930 to schedule a consultation.