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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
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Redwood City, CA 94063
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Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

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Inlays and Onlays - Dental Restoration Treatment

July 03, 2013 @ 03:29 PM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman

Inlays and Onlays - Dental Restoration TreatmentHaving healthy teeth is an important part of having a great smile. When teeth are damaged or decayed, this can affect overall smile aesthetics as well as overall dental wellness. Thankfully there are many options out there for replacing compromised tooth structure and restoring a person's bite strength. When dental fillings are no longer viable, a cosmetic dentist will often rely on the use of inlays and onlays.

There are many misconceptions about the nature of inlays and onlays and what they can achieve. We'd like to go over some of the basics of inlays and onlays treatment so you understand what they can achieve for you.

About Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are a restorative dentistry treatment option that is used to rebuild and restore teeth that have been damaged or decayed. They are similar to dental fillings in a lot of ways, and it's actually helpful to think of inlays and onlays in terms of dental fillings since they accomplish similar goals. The difference is that inlays and onlays are larger by nature and are sturdy enough to replace the cusps of the teeth (biting surfaces) when needed.

Ideal Candidates for Inlays and Onlays

The best candidates for inlays and onlays are people who have suffered from major tooth decay or tooth damage and are no longer ideal candidates for dental fillings. There should still be sufficient healthy tooth structure left that a dental restoration can still be used. When a tooth is too damaged or decayed, tooth extraction is usually the best option for preventing further dental health problems (e.g., root canal infection) and maintaining total wellness.

When you meet with a cosmetic dentist for a consultation, the best treatment option for your needs will be determined and can be discussed in greater detail.

The Inlays and Onlays Procedure

The first step of the inlays and onlays involves the preparation of the damaged tooth. Your dentist will carefully remove compromised tooth structure, maintaining as much healthy tooth structure as possible. An impression will then be taken of the teeth from which the inlay or onlay will be crafted.

Once the inlay or onlay has been fashioned, your dentist will check the dental restoration for proper fit and color match. Final adjustments to the teeth and dental restoration are made before the inlay or onlay is finally adhered in place.

Alternatives to Inlays and Onlays

When a tooth is too damaged to support an inlay or onlay but not damaged enough to warrant extraction, the best option for care is the use of a dental crown. Dental crowns are caps that fit over a tooth that has been severely damaged or decayed. The dental crown restores overall bite strength and tooth aesthetics while also protecting a patient from any pain or sensitivity caused by the tooth damage.

Schedule a Consultation for Advanced Dental Care Treatment

For more information about dental care treatment and how you achieve achieve total dental wellness, be sure to contact our Redwood City cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. During your visit, we will be more than happy to go over all of your options for achieving optimal dental health and total wellness.