Inlays & Onlays

Come to Us for Inlays & Onlays in Martinez, CA

If you want the best inlays & Onlays in Martinez, CA, you can schedule an appointment with Artesa Dental of Martinez by calling (925) 370-9900

Millions of Americans deal with tooth damage and decay each year. These conditions can be harmful to both your body and your spirit. 

However, inlays and onlays can help restore your teeth and improve your oral health. 

Artesa Dental of Martinez is taking the California dental industry by storm. Dr. Amanda Backstrom, DMD, leads our team of expert dental professionals to install inlays and onlays in our patient’s mouths to restore and prevent tooth structure decay. 

What Are Inlays and Onlays?

There are levels of tooth damage and decay. Typically, when a patient has a minor cavity, we can fill it with composite resin fillings. Similarly, if a patient has critical damage to their teeth, we can create a crown to fix it. 

But when the damage level is between needing a filling and requiring a crown, that is when we use inlays and onlays. An inlay is a material used in the cusps of the tooth, while an onlay is what we use inside or outside of your teeth. 

These dental restorations protect the healthy portion of your tooth and allow you to have more stability when chewing or biting. 

The Benefits of Inlays & Onlays 

You can reap many benefits when you schedule an appointment for inlays & onlays in Martinez, CA. 

Prevent Further Damage 

One of the benefits of getting inlays and onlays is they will prevent further damage to your tooth. 

When dealing with tooth decay, you must take care of it immediately. Waiting too long to seek dental help puts you at risk for root canals, gum disease, and other oral health issues. 

Added Comfort 

When you have a chipped or missing tooth, everyday tasks such as chewing and talking can become uncomfortable. It also may impact your speech pattern. 

With inlays and onlays, we can even out your teeth, making it easier for you to chew food and speak clearly. Within a few days, you will not realize you have an inlay installed in your mouth. 

Inlays Do Not Shrink 

One of the downsides of traditional teeth fillings is they tend to shrink. If this situation relates to you, you must have a dentist remove them and refill your cavity. 

However, inlays and onlays are more reliable and can withstand chewing and biting forces. Therefore, you should not have to replace them. 

Types of Inlays and Onlays 

We use a few different materials to create your inlays and onlays. 

Gold 

Gold inlays and onlays are the most durable material used by a restorative dentist. The downside of gold inlays is that they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite fillings. 

However, if you want a long-term solution to your damaged teeth, gold is the way to go. 

Composite 

Alternatively, you can choose to install composite inlays and onlays. Composite inlays match the color of the rest of your teeth, ensuring that nobody will notice them in your mouth.

Composite is an ideal choice if you want to keep your inlays and onlays discreet. 

Porcelain

Lastly, we offer porcelain inlays and onlays for our Martinez, CA, patients. Porcelain inlays are similar to composite in that they are hard to notice in your mouth. 

You can expect your porcelain onlays to last for at least five years, but most last between 10 and 20 years. 

The Process 

The process of receiving inlays and onlays varies by patient. Typically, the first step is that our dentist or oral surgeon will numb the tooth site and place a glass shield over your eyes for protection. 

Then, we will remove the affected area of the tooth and shave the healthy part down until it fits the temporary inlays and onlays we are inserting. We will take an impression of your tooth, enabling us to customize your inlays. 

Depending on your case, we may send these impressions to a lab to create your inlays and onlays. However, it may be possible for us to develop them during your appointment. 

You will then return for a second appointment, where we will remove your temporary inlays and replace them with your permanent ones. Once we install the permanent onlay, we will test it out to see how it fits and feels. 

Schedule an Appointment Today 

Dr. Amanda Backstrom, DMD, is happy to install inlays & Onlays in Martinez, CA, for her patients. You can call the Artesa Dental of Martinez front desk at (925) 370-9900 to schedule an appointment today. 

We are also available to take your emergency calls 24/7!