Inlays & Onlays

Inlays & Onlays in Beverly Hills, CA

Traditionally, small cavities in teeth have been treated with dental fillings. For teeth that have suffered deeper decay, dental crowns have been used for treatment. With the development of innovative techniques in dentistry, dental inlays and onlays in Beverly Hills, CA, are now alternate options for fillings or crowns in the treatment of cavities and advanced tooth decay.

Tooth decay does not resolve on its own and will typically worsen over time. Therefore, teeth that have suffered from decay require protection. Occasionally, a filling is inadequate for treating decay in a tooth, yet a full dental crown is not required. In these cases, inlays and onlays near you can be used. Inlays and onlays are innovative dental treatment methods that are more substantial than dental fillings but less invasive than crowns.

Inlays

Inlays are used to treat the surface of a tooth that has been damaged due to decay or injury. Dr. Roknian will create an inlay from composite or porcelain material. The color of the inlay will be matched to the tooth as closely as possible so that the difference is unnoticeable.

Once the inlay is prepared, our dentist fits it into the hollow of the decayed tooth to prevent further decay or damage. Since inlay material is stronger and more durable than a traditional filling, this allows the tooth to be strengthened and protected.

Onlays

Onlays are similar to inlays in their function to strengthen and protect teeth that are suffering from decay. The difference is that onlays are used to treat the cusps of teeth and the tooth’s surface. Our Beverly Hills dentist will recommend onlays for cavities too large for traditional fillings or for teeth subject to cracking due to weakness.

Onlays are crafted in a similar manner to inlays and with the same material. They are beneficial because the structure of the tooth is preserved. However, instead of covering the entire tooth as a crown does, onlays only cover the damaged portion for the tooth’s protection.

For more information about inlays, onlays, and other innovative dental techniques, contact Dr. Roknian at Implant Dentistry By Doc Rok.