Sometimes too options are overwhelming, stifling any decision from being made when it should be. Take for example my trip to the market in downtown Los Angeles for condiments. There are way too many types of mayonnaise and before I knew it, I was staring at the shelves for 10 minutes, still with an empty basket. If only someone guided me to the right jar, maybe something between healthy and on cheap. I decided on Mediterranean sundried tomato in case you were wondering. Dental procedures are like mayonnaise. There are so many options; it’s hard to know if you’re making the right choice and sooner than later, you’ve opened 50 different pages on your internet browser and your teeth still need work.
If your teeth are decayed or fractured from cavities, lack of care, or just plain genetics, you’ll most likely need to touch them up. Your choices can range from dental crowns, to fillers, to dental inlays, to dental onlays. Before you psych yourself out from visiting the dentist altogether, your local downtown Los Angeles dentist can help with the decision. Dental inlays and onlays should be placed when your teeth are too damaged for normal fillings but not damaged enough to receive a dental crown. Dental inlays and onlays each take two procedures: one to remove the damaged part of your teeth and make a mold of your tooth (which is manufactured in an outside lab); step two involves bonding the inlay or onlay to your tooth.
As you can see, inlays and onlays have a lot in common. The distinction is inlays fit into the grooves of your tooth up until the cusps (raised parts) of your teeth. Onlays are larger and replace more damaged parts of teeth, covering the chewing section and cusps. Dental inlays and onlays are made of similar material to dental crowns: porcelain, composite resin, and gold: more choices! Contact your local downtown Los Angeles dentist for any questions or decision-making when you need an onlay or inlay the most!