Dental inlays and onlays are tooth restorations that are more conservative than a crown, used when old fillings need to be removed or replaced. They can be used to repair teeth that are cracked or fractured but not damaged to the degree that a crown is needed, or for teeth with mild to moderate decay. An ideal candidate for an inlay or onlay is a tooth with too much decay or damage to be successfully treated with a filling, but with enough healthy tooth structure remaining.
Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. serves Pasadena and the surrounding area, providing general and cosmetic dentistry services, including restorations with inlays and onlays. In a practice geared toward holistic, conservative treatment, you can have confidence that Dr. Molayem will use the least aggressive methods possible in restoring your smile, while ensuring your well-being as a whole patient.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Dental inlays and onlays are custom-made inserts that fit perfectly inside a prepared tooth. They can be made of gold, composite materials, or porcelain. Inlays and onlays are made in a dental laboratory and cemented to the tooth structure by your dentist. The inlay or onlay is securely bonded to the tooth to stabilize the surrounding structure and to prevent further decay. Tooth-colored porcelain inlays and onlays, carefully matched to your tooth color, look completely natural in place.
Like crowns, inlays and onlays require two dental appointments – the first to remove decay and damage, take impressions of the tooth, and place a temporary restoration; and the second to remove the temporary restoration, ensure the fit of the inlay or onlay, and carefully and precisely cement it in place.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
A more conservative treatment, inlays and onlays preserve more of the natural tooth than a crown. This type of restoration has several benefits:
- Durability: Inlays and onlays are made of durable, hard-wearing materials that can last up to 30 years.
- Tooth strength: Unlike traditional metal fillings, which actually reduce the strength of teeth, inlays and onlays can help strengthen them by up to 75%.
- Tooth life: An inlay or onlay can help prevent the need for additional dental treatment in the future and help prolong the life of the tooth.
Inlays & Onlays in Pasadena
Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. provides high quality dental services, practicing with an integrated, conservative approach. Her patients rely on Dr. Molayem to provide a range of quality restoration procedures, including dental inlays and onlays.