Inlays and Onlays in San Francisco
Get beautiful tooth restoration with inlays and onlays in San Francisco .
Outshine conventional fillings when restoring your confident smile. Porcelain onlays and onlays can heal your dental damage without the unsightly metal or composite filling. Our patients are overwhelmingly choosing inlays and onlays in San Francisco over traditional fillings.
When repairing tooth decay, wear, or injury, modern dentistry offers many options. inlays are custom designed porcelain fillings, precisely matched to your tooth and bonded permanently in place by your dentist. They can be used to repair teeth damaged by decay or injury. Since less of your tooth is removed in the process, an inlay can be more comfortable than placing dental crowns.
Onlays are similar to inlays, in that they are custom-designed porcelain. An onlay replaces one or more of the chewing cusps as well as any other areas in need of restoration. You may have heard onlays referred to as 'partial crowns.
Are Inlays or Onlays for You?
Inlays and Onlays can address any of the issues traditionally treated with conventional fillings, as well as several cosmetic concerns.
- Broken or Cracked Teeth
- Damaged Fillings
- Tooth Decay
- Large areas in need of filling
- Cosmetic Enhancement
What You Can Expect
Inlays and Onlays can be placed in as little as two visits to our Pacific Heights Dental office.
Your First Visit
On your first visit, your dentist will take a series of images and molds that will be used to create your new inlay. While your tooth is numb, they will remove any decay or remaining fillings, readying your tooth to receive the inlay. Your Dentist will apply a temporary filling, protecting your tooth from damage while the lab prepares your inlay.
Your Second Visit
On your next visit, your dentist will carefully place your inlay. It's important to share any discomfort with your dentist at this time so that they might make the proper adjustments. Once you and your doctor are satisfied, they will cement the inlay in place, restoring your tooth.
After Your Procedure
Inlays and Onlays in San Francisco require no special care beyond proper oral hygiene and a healthy diet. Like all dental restorations, regular visits to our San Francisco Dentist office will help keep your inlays and onlays looking wonderful. Call us today to see if inlays and onlays are right for you.
Common questions about Inlays and Onlays
How is it different from a dental crown?
A dental crown is made to fit over the entirety of the visible portion of the tooth and are used with more extensive damage or infection. An inlay or onlay are used to target specific areas of the tooth and to preserve it’s structure.
Do inlays and onlays hurt?
The dentist will apply a local anesthetic during the procedure which will ensure that there is no pain and it is as comfortable as possible.
How long do inlays and onlays last?
Inlays and onlays are very durable and can last for a long time, even up to 30 years. They are made to strengthen the teeth and to help preserve the function of the mouth.
How much do inlays and onlays cost?
The final cost of inlays and onlays can vary patient to patient depending on the extent of the treatment needed and the materials used. However they can typically cost between $650 and $1,200 per tooth.
Pacific Heights Dental offers free consultations to help determine the treatment you need and get any questions you have answered. Contact us today.