Tooth decay happens to everyone, with 92% of adults having experienced a cavity at some point in their life. Small cavities are typically treated by a filling, which keeps the tooth healthy. In some cases, however, the cavity-containing tooth is not structurally strong enough to support a traditional cavity.
The solution for these patients is our La Mesa dental inlays or onlays. As these dental procedures are trickier than a regular filling, it is important to see a prosthodontist like Dr. Richard Feinberg to ensure that you get the best dental inlays and onlays La Mesa has to offer.
Many cavities affect the top portion of a tooth. Sometimes, placing a filling in this area may decrease the structural integrity of the tooth, providing problems with bite or long-term durability.
A dental inlay is typically made from a special porcelain, although gold may sometimes be used. While dental fillings are typically placed during a dental visit, inlays must first be created in a dental lab. They are then attached to the tooth using a special bonding process, which ensures the inlay stays in place.
A dental inlay is placed on the center or top surface of the teeth. When decay affects the walls of a tooth, the procedure is called a dental onlay.
The procedure is similar to that needed to place a dental inlay. Onlays may include one or more “cusps” (peaks) of a tooth or may cover the entire top surface of a tooth.
“I had pretty sever tooth decay on two of my molars. I was told by another dentist I would need to get a 2 crowns. Dr. Feinberg was able to fix my teeth with a dental inlay on one and an onlay on the other. And the award for the best dental inlays & onlays La Mesa has available goes to... Dr. Feinberg!” -Joe E.
Dental inlays and onlays have several advantages over alternative approaches to tooth restoration, including the following:
For some of the best dental inlays and onlays La Mesa can offer, contact the San Diego Dental Center today to learn how Dr. Feinberg can restore your smile.
The first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment.
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