DENTAL INLAYS/ONLAYS IN LA JOLLA
Serving the San Diego Area
When you have a tooth that may be in need of protection, but isn’t in such a state that it requires a dental crown, our La Jolla cosmetic dentist can offer you an easy solution: dental inlays/onlays. This process can be less invasive than a dental crown, but can still protect your tooth and offer a gorgeous and white layer on your tooth to ensure it’s healthy and beautiful.
If you believe a dental inlay/onlay may be the solution for your dental needs, please contact the dental office of Dr. Jacob Russell today. We are proud to serve patients in La Jolla and San Diego, California. Call us at (858) 459-4113.
Why Do You Need Dental Inlays/Onlays?
Dr. Russell chooses to use dental inlays or onlays in situations where he wants to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. This may be to provide assistance for your teeth in the following ways:
- To prevent further tooth damage or decay
- To restore function to a tooth that was too worn down to work properly
- To strengthen a damaged tooth
- To preserve a tooth’s natural structure
How Do Dental Inlays/Onlays Work?
A dental inlay is used by our La Jolla dentist when your tooth needs strengthening in-between its cusps. The cusps of your tooth are the areas that extend upward from your bottom teeth and downward from up your upward teeth and help you to chew. A dental onlay spans across one or more of your cusps.
Dental inlays/onlays used to be made out of metal or a metal amalgam, but at our practice, we are proud to make ours out of either ceramic or porcelain. Both of these materials are stronger and more durable than metal and can be chosen to match your exact enamel color.
In order to place your dental inalys/onlays, Dr. Russell will first determine exactly where you need them placed and then prepare the tooth/teeth. This may involve slightly grinding down the area that needs the inlay/onlay. Once the tooth is prepared, he will create an impression of your teeth and bite to send to a lab. At the lab, your dental inlays/onlays will be created to exactly match your tooth’s shape, your bite, and the color of your teeth.
You will return once your dental inlay/onlay is ready and our La Jolla dentist will expertly place it, ensuring that it fits in seamlessly with your bite and smile.
Inlay and Onlay FAQs
What is the difference between inlays and onlays?
Inlays are designed to be bonded within the center of the tooth. Onlays are designed to treat decay that has spread to one or more of the cusps (i.e., points) on the surface of the tooth or the entire biting surface of the tooth.
What are inlays and onlays made of?
Most inlays and onlays are made of porcelain and ceramic materials.
Where are inlays and onlays made?
Inlays and onlays are crafted in a dental laboratory. The lab technician creates the inlays and onlays based on the impressions Dr. Russell makes of your teeth. Your inlay or onlay will be crafted from high-quality materials that are strong and long-lasting. Once it is ready, it is sent to our office so Dr. Russell can place it.
Will my inlay or onlay be noticeable?
It shouldn’t be. The materials used closely mirror the natural texture and appearance of teeth. The color of the restorations is matched to your natural tooth color for a seamless uniformity.
How much do inlays and onlays cost?
The cost of an inlay or onlay depends on several factors, including the tooth being treated and the size and material of the restoration. Dental insurance coverage may be available (check with your individual provider and plan).
If you believe that dental inlays/onlays may be the solution for the cosmetic issues within your mouth, please contact our La Jolla dentist. Dr. Russell will schedule you a consultation appointment to determine how we can help your teeth and smile be as healthy and bright as possible. Contact us today by filling out the form on this page or calling us at (858) 459-4113.