Tooth decay is one of the most common dental ailments, and if our cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles detects the presence of tooth decay in your mouth, it can be treated in a number of ways. Dental fillings are the most common way of treating decay, and it is most often used in instances of very mild decay. A root canal treatment may become necessary if the decay becomes too severe. But when a person has tooth decay that falls in between these two severities, it will most likely need to be treated with inlays and onlays.
Generally, it will take two visits to the dentist to place your inlay or onlay. Inlays are used to treat tooth decay that lies within the cusp of the tooth. Onlays are used to treat teeth that have experienced decay beyond the cusp. Inlays and onlays are designed specifically for you, so during the first appointment, impressions are taken of your teeth so that your restoration can be designed in a lab. During the second appointment, your restoration will be put into place.
Inlays and onlays are completely natural-looking, and as long as you take care of your teeth, you can expect them to last up to 30 years.