Inlays & Onlays Lake Haven

The dental inlays and tooth onlays Lake Haven residents can count on for improved dental health

At Advance Family Dental Lake Haven, we offer dental inlays and onlays to new and existing patients on the Central Coast. Our specialised treatment is designed to fully restore the strength of your tooth, even in cases where large cavities and tooth decay are present.

With a range of materials available, we’ll ensure that your inlay or onlay will be durable and withstand the test of time. Contact us to book an appointment and improve your dental health with dental inlays and onlays in Lake Haven.

What are dental inlays and onlays?

Dental inlays and onlays are types of restorations that are used to repair a damaged or decayed tooth. Also known as “indirect fillings”, they are made from materials like porcelain, gold alloy, or composite resin and are custom-made to fit the specific shape and size of the damaged area of the tooth.

An inlay is a restoration placed within a tooth’s cusps (the pointed parts). It is typically used to repair a cavity or other damage that is too large for a filling but not large enough to require a crown.

An onlay, on the other hand, is a restoration that covers one or more cusps of a tooth and the flat surface of the tooth. It is typically used to repair more extensive damage, such as a larger cavity or a crack that extends into the tooth’s cusps.

Both inlays and onlays are often used as an alternative to traditional dental fillings because they are more durable and long-lasting. They are also more conservative than crowns because they require less removal of the natural tooth structure.

We can help determine whether an inlay or onlay is right for your dental needs or whether full mouth rehabilitation is required.

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What is the procedure for dental inlays in Lake Haven?

First Appointment

When you drop in to see one of our dentists for inlays or overlays in Lake Haven, we will work through the following treatment plan to improve your smile.

  • Numbing: Your dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure.
  • Removal of decay: The decay or damage will be removed from the affected tooth.
  • Tooth Preparation: The tooth will be prepared by removing any remaining decay and shaping it to create space for the inlay or onlay.
  • Impression: An impression of the prepared tooth will be taken with a putty-like material. This impression will create a custom-made inlay or onlay in a sophisticated dental laboratory.
  • Temporary restoration: A temporary restoration made of composite resin will be placed on the prepared tooth to protect it while the inlay or onlay is being made.

Second Appointment

Once your new inlay or onlay arrives at our practice, we’ll call you in for your second appointment, where we will remove the temporary filling and cement your new inlay or onlay into place.

  • Numbing: Your dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure.
  • Removal of temporary restoration: The temporary restoration will be removed, and the tooth will be cleaned to prepare it for the placement of the inlay or onlay.
  • Fitting of inlay or onlay: The dentist will try in the inlay or onlay to check the fit and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Bonding: Once the fit is satisfactory, the inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth with dental cement.
  • Polishing: The inlay or onlay will be polished to match the natural contours of your tooth.

After the procedure, we will give you instructions on how to care for your new restoration. It’s important to maintain good dental health and hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for regular checkups to ensure the longevity of your new inlay or onlay.

Contact us for gold, composite or ceramic inlays in Lake Haven!