Inlays and Onlays – Burbank, CA

A Beautiful Way to Repair Your Smile

How can you repair a tooth that needs more than a filling but doesn’t necessarily require a dental crown? And how can you ensure that you will still have a dazzling smile afterward? In many cases, the answer to both questions is dental inlays and onlays. Dr. Ruiz can use these restorations to help you restore your grin in a way that looks natural. To learn more about inlays and onlays, give our office a call.

Why Choose Dr. Ruiz & Associates for Inlays and Onlays?

  • Restorations Made Out of Lifelike Materials
  • Advanced Technology for Planning Treatments
  • Dentist with Over 20 Years of Experience

What Are Inlays & Onlays?

Dental onlay in Burbank, CA on model of mouth

Like dental crowns, inlays and onlays are used to cover damaged or decayed teeth. But while crowns conceal the entire dental structure, inlays and onlays are designed to only cover specific parts of the tooth or teeth in question. An inlay is placed within the cusps of the tooth while onlays cover at least one of the cusps and may even go over the edge of the tooth.

Generally speaking, inlays are likely to be recommended if you have a relatively small cavity. Onlays are often called for if the damage has occurred in a more sizable area.

How Are Inlays & Onlays Placed?

Illustration of a dental onlay in Burbank, CA being placed

To receive an inlay or onlay, you will typically need to schedule at least two appointments at our office. The first visit will involve repairing your tooth by removing any decayed areas and/or reshaping the parts that have been damaged. An impression will be taken to help design the final restoration. Meanwhile, a temporary restoration will be attached to your tooth as a precaution.

When the final inlay or onlay is ready, we can schedule your second appointment. We’ll take the temporary restoration off your tooth so that it can be replaced with the permanent one.

The Advantages of Inlays & Onlays

Man in white button-up shirt standing and smiling

Inlays and onlays may not be as well-known as other restorations, but they nevertheless come with several advantages:

  • They look very natural thanks to the tooth-colored materials that they are made of.
  • They are a more conservative option than dental crowns.
  • They are highly durable and can last for 10 years or more if you take good care of them.

Is an inlay or onlay the right choice for restoring the health and appearance of your smile? We can help you find out if you schedule a consultation with our team.