Is your smile the best it can be? Do you find that you hide your dental flaws from others by not smiling? It may be time to take a trip to the dentist – because there are dental procedures that can help.
Inlays and onlays are the ideal dental restorations needed to repair damaged teeth, not only improving your oral hygiene, but enhancing the look of your smile. Dental inlays and onlays are used when old fillings need to be removed or replaced. A dental inlay is similar to a filling and fits inside the cusp tips (top edges) of the tooth. A dental onlay is more extensive and extends over the cusps of the treated tooth. The advantage of inlays and onlays is to restore teeth that are severely damaged by decay or wear. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaced of the back teeth to provide more strength than a filling while being more conservative than a full crown.
A porcelain onlay is fabricated to fit your tooth precisely and is bonded tightly in place to strengthen and protect the damaged tooth. Like a crown, an onlay covers and protects the tooth’s biting surface. Where a crown covers the entire tooth, an onlay fits inside the tooth cusps and covers only the biting surfaces. Because an onlay is fabricated in a dental laboratory, it takes two or more appointments to restore a tooth with a porcelain onlay.
If you find that these could improve your smile, contact your dentist at your earliest convenience to set up an appointment for a consultation. They will be able to give you a full examination and suggest the proper treatment procedures to make your smile the best it can be.
To learn more about inlays and onlays, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.
Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.