Advanced General Dentistry in San Diego: Inlay vs. Onlay?

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If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surfaces may be damaged. One option for restoration is the use of an inlay or an onlay made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain.

Restorations with General Dentistry in San Diego

Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has developed. An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its former dimension.

The procedure begins with an extensive evaluation, oral x-ray, and an impression. The damaged area will be removed and then the inlay or onlay will be formed to precisely fit your tooth and bite. While it is being made, your tooth will have a temporary restoration piece to cover and safeguard the vulnerable area.

Finally, the inlay or onlay will be placed and permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and the placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments to carry out the process. Inlays and onlays guard the tooth against further degeneration, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.

Schedule an Appointment for General Dentistry in San Diego

Dr. Marcos Ortega has been restoring teeth with general dentistry in San Diego since 1986 for patients of all ages. Marcos Ortega DDS is located in San Diego, although we treat patients from the surrounding communities of Hillcrest, Mission Hills, and Bankers Hill as well. Our dental services include cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and root canals. Make your appointment today!

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