Porcelain Inlays and Onlays Irvine

Porcelain Inlays and Onlays Irvine CA An estimated 92 percent of adults in this country have tooth decay. Traditional dentistry dictates a filling, or a crown if the cavity is quite large. Are there any other options? Yes – when you become a patient of David Son, DDS, in Irvine. Dr. Son has training and extensive experience in porcelain inlays and onlays.

Understanding inlays and onlays

An inlay is an indirect restoration. After a decayed tooth is prepared, impressions are taken and sent to an off-site laboratory. A trained technician uses this information to craft a restoration that fits precisely into the opening in the center portion of the tooth. The inlay is cemented into place for long-lasting protection and chewing function.

An onlay is similar, except that it is designed to cover one or more cusps (points) of a tooth.

When this technique is appropriate

An inlay or onlay is sometimes referred to as a “partial crown” because it covers only a portion of a damaged tooth. This technique is suitable when:
  • An area of decay leaves too little tooth structure to reliably support a filling
  • Damage does not warrant additional removal of healthy tooth structure necessary for a full crown.

Harmonious materials

The term “porcelain inlays and onlays” is a bit misleading. Biocompatible non-metal material is often used for its strength, durability, and beautifully natural appearance. However, many different ceramic compounds are available, and as well as other options. Dr. Son recommends materials testing prior to placing restorations, to determine the type of inlay or onlay that best aligns with your body chemistry. The result is individualized treatment with better longevity and reduced risk of reaction.

David Son DDS provides a unique level of restorative dentistry that enhances the smile while protecting the body. To learn more about porcelain inlays and onlays, call the Irvine office at (949) 565-4929.

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