Using inlays and onlays for conservative restoration of the natural tooth
Dental restorations are a common way of addressing certain concerns regarding one or more teeth in the smile. This includes situations where damage has occurred to a natural tooth. While most dentists will immediately place a dental crown, Dr. Shahnaz L. Formoli and her team at Arden Park Dental Care in Sacramento, California, will always consider more conservative options whenever possible. For some patients, she may recommend a tooth inlay or onlay, which can provide restoration of the tooth with far less tooth structure removed for placement.
What are inlays and onlays?
Dr. Formoli describes inlays and onlays as dental restorations that repair tooth damage. They are durable, long-lasting, and offer a natural-looking solution for adult teeth that have been damaged by decay or injury. An inlay is a type of restoration placed within a tooth’s surface. It is custom-made from porcelain or composite resin material to fit the exact shape and size of the damaged area. Alternatively, an onlay covers a larger portion of the tooth and extends over one or more of its cusps (points).
Why should I consider ceramic inlays and onlays?
Both tooth inlays and onlays are considered a conservative treatment option compared to dental crowns, as they preserve more natural tooth structure while still providing strength and support. This allows patients to keep more of their natural teeth and reduces the risk of removing too much and affecting the tooth’s integrity overall.
How do I find out more about inlays and onlays?
If you are interested in a crown or a “partial crown” like inlays and onlays, we invite you to our office to discuss your options. Dr. Shahnaz L. Formoli and her Arden Park Dental Care team are committed to providing patients with a wide selection of dental services to improve their oral health and wellness. If you are in or around the area, including the cities of Rosemont, Davis, Carmichael, and Elk Grove, CA, we invite you to call (916) 485-4800 to request an appointment at our office, conveniently located at 4360 Arden Way, Suite #3.