An inlay restoration is a special type of custom-made filling. Porcelain inlays are quite popular because they are extremely durable, and they resemble the enamel of your natural teeth. Our porcelain inlays are made in-house by our state-of-the-art dental laboratory, making for an absolutely perfect fit.
Inlays are a conservative way to repair teeth that have large defective fillings, or teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay. Inlays are a widely accepted alternative to conventional composite or silver fillings. They are a more conservative treatment than crowns because considerably less tooth structure is removed in the process of preparing the tooth.
Like natural teeth and all dental restorations, inlays are subject to wear and damage. For this reason, they are not always permanent. Even the best of inlays may someday require service or replacement. Ceramic inlays are very durable, and will normally last for many years, enhancing your natural, beautiful smile.
When you come into our Beverly Hills Dental office for your initial consultation, you will be warmly greeted by our accommodating front desk staff. They will ensure you have everything you need and that you are 100% comfortable.
When you come into our office for your consultation with our expert Beverly Hills Dentists, Dr. Robert Rifkin or Dr. Rodney Raanan, they will educate you about your options and whether you are in need of inlays. Typical reasons patients receive inlays include:
A porcelain onlay restoration is a special, custom-made filling that is constructed of porcelain. Porcelain onlays are quite popular, because they are extremely durable, and they closely resemble your natural teeth. Another name for an onlay is “partial crown.”
Porcelain onlays must be made by a professional dental laboratory. They are then permanently cemented in place by your dentist.
Onlays are a conservative way to repair teeth that have large, defective fillings or teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay. Onlays are considered a more conservative alternative to crowns or caps because the process of preparing the tooth removes much less tooth structure. The essential difference between Onlays and inlays is that in the case of onlays, one or more of the chewing cusps have damage, and require restoration.
As with natural teeth and all types of dental restorations, onlays are subject to wear and structural damage — so they are not always permanent. They may someday require maintenance or replacement. Porcelain onlays are quite durable, though, and with reasonable care they will last for many years, enhancing your beautiful, natural smile.
Reasons patients receive onlays may include:
These procedures can require one or two appointments. During your first appointment, Dr. Rifkin or Dr. Raanan will take several very precise molds and impressions. These will be used to fabricate your custom onlay or inlay.
The tooth and adjacent gum are anesthetized. While it is numb, Dr. Rifkin or Dr. Raanan will prepare the tooth, removing any decay and shaping the surface to facilitate fitting the new onlay or inlay. When these preparations are completed, the temporary crown will be secured in place with temporary cement, and your bite will be checked to ensure that your teeth are meeting properly.
When all preparations are complete, your new onlay or inlay will be precisely placed, the spacing and bite will be carefully evaluated, and it will then be secured with a “permanent” adhesive.
No, these procedures are not considered painful. You may experience some sensitivity when the tooth is being prepared, and porcelain crowns, inlays, and onlays may require local anesthetics or sedation dentistry techniques. Dr. Rifkin and Dr. Raanan offer these techniques at their practice in Beverly Hills for a painless experience. Dr. Robert Rifkin and Dr. Rodney Raanan utilize their extensive training, skills, and experience to give their patients the most relaxing, comfortable office visit possible.