Porcelain Inlays and Outlays Santa Barbara CA
Porcelain Inlays Santa Barbara CA

Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

Porcelain Inlays and Onlays in Santa Barbara, CA

Fillings have been a common service provided to patients in dentistry for many years now and they do their job well. However, sometimes another treatment may be needed to treat deeper or wider decay. Porcelain inlays and onlays can fill in cavities or and restore the structure of your tooth in a way that looks completely natural.

What are Porcelain Inlays and Onlays Used For in Cosmetic Dentistry?

There are many reasons why you might choose porcelain inlays and onlays. Sometimes a tooth has a cavity that is too large for a filling but doesn't warrant a crown.

At other times, a filling has been damaged and worn down overtime and needs additional treatment.

In either case, porcelain inlays or onlays may be the perfect choice to reverse the damage and provide ongoing protection while still looking natural.

What's The Difference Between Fillings, Inlays and Onlays?

Most people will experience cavities over their lifetime and they're generally caused by having too many sugary food and drinks, bacteria, or inadequate teeth brushing and flossing. All three services are useful for treating cavities of varying sizes, depths, and placement in the mouth.

What Is a Filling?

Fillings are probably the most familiar treatment for cavities. They are used to repair small to medium sized cavities in the teeth. They help to prevent any future decay and protect your teeth from debris and bacteria.

The composite filling that we use at See Me Smile Dentistry is a mixture made from high quality plastic and quartz. It fills the gap in your tooth and is matched to the color of your teeth, making them almost invisible.

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What Is a Porcelain Inlay?

Porcelain Inlays are used to repair larger cavities that a traditional filling may not be strong enough to hold. They're also good for mending the chewing surface of the back teeth.

What Is a Porcelain Onlay?

A porcelain onlay is a larger version of the inlay. It is useful for repairing cavities in the central part of the chewing surface of your tooth as well as the raised points on your tooth, which are known as the cusps. They can restore the natural structure of your tooth in the same way that a crown can, but without covering the entire surface of the tooth.

Porcelain onlays are created the same way as inlays and both options will restore your smile to its usual shine. Your teeth will be strong and any pain or discomfort that you may have experienced will be gone.

Once we assess which treatment is right, we will take impressions and then your inlays or onlays will be custom made to fit your tooth. It's a simple, yet effective treatment that will restore your teeth to an almost perfect state.

How Are Porcelain Inlays and Onlays Applied?

The process of application is usually completed in two visits to our office. During the first visit, impressions will be made of your teeth that are receiving the inlays or onlays and a temporary restoration may be applied if necessary.

During your second visit the porcelain inlays or onlays are carefully placed in your teeth and cemented into their permanent position. Dr. Omid ensures that they fit perfectly and the color matches your teeth.

How Much Do Porcelain Inlays And Onlays Cost?

A few different matters will determine the cost of your porcelain inlays and onlays.

  • The number of inlays or onlays needed
  • The location of the teeth needing them
  • The material used to create them

Whatever your needs, we will happily discuss your options and create the right, customized, cost-effective plan that works best for you.

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How Should I Care For Porcelain Inlays And Onlays?

Your normal dental hygiene routine is all that's needed to care for your porcelain inlays and onlays. Brushing, flossing, and care of your gums are all good practices as well as the use of antiseptic mouthwash.

With proper care, porcelain inlays and onlays can even last longer than traditional fillings.

At See Me Smile Dental we recommend visits to us for a dental cleaning and checkup at least twice a year to ensure your brilliant smile remains intact.

Meet Dr. Omid

Dr. Omid Barkhordar, DDS has earned his reputation as a leading family and cosmetic dentist in Santa Barbara, the Central Coast, and Southern California. He is committed to providing patients of all ages with compassionate care.

From general dentistry to advanced procedures, Dr. Omid uses innovative technology and gentle techniques to deliver safe and stress-free dental care so patients can enjoy a painless, healthy, and gorgeous smile.

Dr. Omid earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry in one of the best dental programs in the United States. His dedication to helping patients achieve their perfect smile has earned Dr. Omid the continued trust and recommendation of many clients.

No matter the age or needs of the patient, Dr. Omid is committed to helping you discover the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile.

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