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If you have minor tooth decay, your dentist in Beverly Hills, California, will likely recommend a dental filling to fill up the decay. However, when your tooth has extensive damage, a dental crown will be the most effective treatment to restore the structural integrity of your tooth. Sometimes, we encounter in-between cases where a dental filling is too small and a crown is too big to repair the damage. In such instances, Dr. Frank Vidjak in Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry uses dental inlays and onlays to rebuild your smile.
While both inlays and onlays repair your teeth, they differ in how they restore teeth. Dental inlays repair damage within the cusps of the chewing part of your teeth. On the other hand, dental onlays (partial crowns) are more extensive as they cover the biting surface as well as the cusps.
Indirect fillings can be made from gold, ceramics, or composite resin. We prefer tooth-colored materials like resin to ensure your restorations don’t stand out when you open your mouth. Our objective is to fix tooth decay without compromising the aesthetics of your smile.
Indirect fillings, also known as inlays and onlays, are similar to typical dental fillings. However, while dental fillings are applied directly to your teeth, indirect fillings are custom-made in a lab and then cemented in place.
Usually, you need two dental visits to benefit from inlays or onlays. During the first appointment, we examine your tooth and then drill out the decayed part. Next, we take your bite impressions and send the molds to a dental lab to fabricate your restoration. Until your inlay or onlay is fabricated, we will install a temporary restoration to protect your prepped tooth.
Once your indirect filling is ready, you’ll need to schedule another appointment with us for installation. We’ll carefully remove your temporary restoration, cleanse your tooth, and expertly place your inlay or onlay onto your tooth. We’ll make minor tweaks to your indirect filling to ensure your bite feels comfortable and natural.
We love indirect fillings because they offer numerous benefits, including the following:
You may also contact our endodontist, Dr. Yacaman, for help with any other dental issues you may have.