Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are similar restorations that can be used to restore large areas of damage with less preparation than that needed by dental crowns. Once a tooth has been damaged, its function can be affected. It may be weaker and more susceptible to future damage, and it can be more difficult to clean, which leaves it vulnerable to decay and other dental problems. Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara inlays expert, may recommend an inlay or onlay to protect the tooth.

In the past, teeth that had suffered severe decay or been broken could be repaired with either a dental filling or a dental crown. Fillings are most appropriate for treating smaller areas of damage or decay, and while crowns are an extremely durable, strong restoration, they require extensive preparation, which means that healthy tooth structure is lost. Inlays and onlays offer an ideal solution for cases that are too much for fillings but not serious enough to need crowns.

Dental Inlays Santa Clara

Inlays are often called indirect fillings. Dr. Frame, our expert in inlays in Santa Clara, can use inlays to restore areas of damage located within the cusps on the chewing surface of the teeth. The process requires two dental visits during which the tooth is first prepared and the inlay is placed. This can be done using local anesthesia, and once the inlay has been bonded securely to the tooth, it will remain in place for years as long as you take care of it properly.

Dental Onlays Santa Clara

Dental onlays are similar to inlays but offer greater coverage. They are ideal for teeth that have damage in one or more cusps. The procedure for onlays is similar to that of inlays, but Dr. Frame, our expert in onlays in Santa Clara, may have to complete more preparation to ensure proper fit.

Once your restoration is complete, Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara onlays expert, will explain how to care for your new inlay or onlay. Most patients simply need to practice good dental hygiene and visit us for routine checkups and cleanings. If you play sports or grind your teeth, you may need to wear a specially designed mouth guard to protect your teeth and restorations. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our cosmetic dentist in Santa Clara.

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