Porcelain inlays and onlays for Century City, CA area patients
Patients who have damage to the smile, either caused by injury or decay, may need to work with their dentist to restore the tooth’s structure and function. There is a wide range of dental restorations used in many area dental practices, and Dr. Meredith Levine and her staff work routinely to provide these options for individuals to choose from. While dental crowns and fillings are some of the most popular, they are not the only solution. In some instances, Dr. Meredith Levine may recommend porcelain inlays and onlays.
What are porcelain inlays and onlays?
A porcelain inlay or onlay is sometimes considered an onlay or inlay tooth filling. It can replace the need for dental filling. Fillings are commonly used when areas of decay have formed. However, if the area of decay is large, a filling will still leave the tooth structure subjective to further damage. That is due to the inability of the filling itself to restore the structure and keep the tooth strong. With porcelain inlays and onlays, ceramic restorations are made to fill larger areas and restore function and strength. They are more conservative than restoring a tooth with a dental crown, which requires substantial removal of natural tooth enamel. Dr. Meredith Levine will often recommend more conservative treatments over those that negatively affect the tooth.
What about a dental crown?
When there is a significant amount of tooth loss due to decay or injury, this may still be a situation that would benefit from the placement of a dental crown. Using the dental crown covering the entire visible portion of the tooth, patients can protect their remaining structure for many years with proper care and attention.
What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?
- Easy to care for
- Easily replaced when needed
Ready to learn more about porcelain inlays and onlays?
Century City, CA, area patients interested in learning about these restorations are welcome to book an appointment with Dr. Meredith Levine at her state-of-the-art dental facility. Her practice is located at 2080 Century Park East, Suite #1516, and accepts new patients who call for a visit at (424) 358-3811.