Dental inlays and onlays are a conservative restorative treatment designed to help you regain a healthy smile with minimal removal of your existing tooth structure. Our Dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay if the damage to your tooth is too extensive for a filling but does not require a full crown. In fact, inlays and onlays are also known as partial crowns. Inlays and onlays are typically created using porcelain, composite resin material or gold, and they are custom-designed to fit your tooth and smile perfectly. Inlays and onlays are virtually undetectable in the mouth and work to preserve and support your natural tooth structure so that you can retain your original teeth.
Dental inlays are used when the damage does not reach the cusps (pointed ends on the chewing surface of the tooth). Dental onlays are used when the damage extends to one or more of the cusps. During your initial consultation, our Dentist will examine your teeth to determine whether an inlay or onlay is more appropriate to meet your needs.
For more information about dental inlays and onlays in Aliso Viejo, California, and how they can benefit your smile, please contact our office today at 949-249-8721 and schedule your appointment with Dr. Michelle Eng.