Short of getting a full crown, one healthy procedure that amends tooth damage while looking aesthetically pleasing to the rest of your mouth are inlays and onlays. This term is very self-explanatory. Inlays and onlays are composite materials respectively applied to the interior and exterior of the affected tooth. If the damage is confined to the cusps of the tooth, you may receive an inlay. If the damage extends significantly outside the cusps to the biting surface, then you may receive an onlay.
Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are typically made from tooth-colored composite to blend naturally with your existing tooth. Inlays and onlays are both highly durable and stain-resistant. It is because of these features that they are one of the most endorsed techniques of our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist.
Our expert in inlays and onlays in Los Angeles is eager to match your inlays or onlays to your exact tooth color. To prepare, the dentist will first clean the affected tooth and remove the deteriorated areas. Impressions are then taken of your tooth, and the results are sent to a lab for fabrication. While inlays and onlays are considered a less extensive fix than dental fillings, they do require an additional step due to their artisanal nature.
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