In certain instances, the conventional approaches of dental crowns or fillings may not be the optimal solution for teeth exhibiting weakness, wear, or chipping. In such scenarios, the team at A Briter Smile presents an alternative treatment option that boasts equal effectiveness.
As a premier dental clinic in Los Angeles, CA, we proudly introduce inlays and onlays as a viable alternative. We invite you to schedule a check-up to determine if this treatment aligns with your specific needs.
UNDERSTANDING INLAYS AND ONLAYS
Inlays and onlays are dental restoration procedures designed to address teeth that are either fractured, partially decayed, or afflicted by cavities. They serve as a substitute for traditional dental crowns and fillings when:
● Teeth exhibit partial fractures or decay
● The cavity’s size exceeds the suitability for a standard filling
● Breakage or cavity doesn’t necessitate a full crown
● Damage or cavity affects a tooth cusp
Inlays are compact restorations primarily employed to fill a single tooth cusp, typically found on molars. They occupy the inner space of the cusp, offering an alternative to conventional dental fillings.
Onlays, conversely, are utilized to address multiple cusps on a tooth. Positioned on the surface of the affected tooth, they do not encompass the entire tooth surface, distinguishing them from dental crowns.
THE MERITS OF PORCELAIN INLAYS AND ONLAYS FOR NATURAL SMILES
While various materials can be used for inlays and onlays, porcelain stands out as a superior choice. Porcelain closely mimics the color and texture of natural teeth. When applied to damaged teeth, porcelain inlays or onlays provide an authentic appearance, virtually indistinguishable from surrounding teeth. Additionally, porcelain restorations boast impressive longevity, with lifespans often extending from 10 to 12 years. They are also cost-effective when compared to metal alternatives, making them an excellent option for budget-conscious individuals. Notably, porcelain is highly resistant to staining, allowing for the maintenance of a radiant white smile with porcelain inlays and onlays.
At A Briter Smile, we meticulously source the highest quality porcelain inlays and onlays, prioritizing the attainment of natural-looking results. We encourage you to reach out to us for further details.
THE PROCEDURE FOR INLAY AND ONLAY PLACEMENT
Our experienced dental professionals in A Briter Smile commence the inlay and onlay process with a comprehensive dental evaluation. Utilizing Panograph x-rays and 3D imaging, we assess the number, placement, and suitability of these restorations for your specific case.
Subsequently, digital scans and 3D x-rays of your teeth are employed to craft customized inlays/onlays, a task entrusted to reputable manufacturers in the United States known for their premium-quality restorations.
Once your custom restorations arrive at our clinic, you will be scheduled for the procedure. Our skilled team will utilize specialized medical-grade bonding material to securely affix the inlays and onlays in place. The duration of the procedure may vary, typically ranging from 2 to 3 hours, contingent upon the number of restorations required.
CARING FOR YOUR INLAYS AND ONLAYS
To ensure the longevity of your porcelain inlays and onlays, it is imperative to adhere to these guidelines:
During the initial week, maintain a soft-food diet to allow your restorations to settle securely.
Avoid extremely hot or cold beverages and exceptionally hard foods to prevent damage to your inlays and onlays.
Maintain a thorough oral hygiene regimen, encompassing regular brushing and flossing, to safeguard against tooth decay.
Should you have any inquiries or require assistance, please do not hesitate to consult with Dr. Ali Khosrovani and our dedicated team. We are readily available to address your needs.
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