When are Inlays Used?

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Inlays are restorations that are used to repair decayed or otherwise damaged areas on the chewing surfaces of the molars. While they are smaller than onlays, inlays do not extend to the cusps of the teeth in which they are placed. Here is a look at when our dentist in San Fernando Valley may use this treatment.

Generally, inlays can be considered desirable when teeth have been damaged too extensively for conventional fillings, but there is too little to justify placing onlays or crowns. By choosing an inlay over a crown, patients can keep the existing outward tooth structure that is ideal in terms of comfort and appearance. Thanks to excellent durability, an inlay will reduce the likelihood that a replacement restoration will be necessary any time soon. The availability of porcelain inlays means that patients can confidently enjoy these advantages for molars near the front of the mouth.

Bite impressions are used to design inlays, which are created outside of the mouth and bonded into the teeth afterwards. Like porcelain crowns and veneers, tooth-colored inlays are resistant to stains, but they benefit from daily brushing and flossing. At a consultation with our expert in inlays in San Fernando Valley patients can learn more about this treatment and when it is used.

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