Inlays and Onlays Overview
Classified somewhere between a dental filling and a full crown, inlays and onlays can heal a damaged tooth. Used on the back teeth, an inlay covers the indented middle of a tooth and onlays cover the tooth's upper, rounded edges. Like dental crowns and fillings, onlays and inlays can be created in several materials — composite resin, metal, and porcelain. Board-certified dentists Dr. Alan Howard and Dr. Yonatan Howard help Encino, CA patients understand tooth-colored fillings, crowns, onlays, and inlays before they make a decision about how to best treat their teeth. At The Dental Office Encino, we have the latest dental equipment including CEREC restoration technology so you can have a custom inlay or onlay made and placed in one appointment.
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"I am so impressed by this office. I had a terrible tooth ache and the 2 offices I called before couldn't care less. When I called Dr. Howard's office, they were so caring and timely. When I came in for my appointment, I was blown away by the protocols they have in place during Covid. I felt so safe and comfortable in the office. Dr. Y took amazing care of me. He made me a ceramic crown in 1 hour, no temporary and no second visit. I couldn't even tell it wasn't my natural tooth. The technology is out of this world and to be honest, the price was very reasonable for the amazing finished product. I'm honestly excited to come back for my cleaning and regular check up. Thank you so much to the entire office for your hard work!"- D.B. / Google / Aug 19, 2020
"A bit of a background before i begin. :-) My experience with dental offices in general began when i was 5. Yep, 5 years old and already needing fillings. Place this child in a Soviet Russia and you will get a good idea why i have been traumatized by visits to a dentist and carried my anxiety throughout my whole life UNTIL i discovered Dr. Alan and Dr. Yoni’s office!! Words could not decribe my relief and excitement when after my first dental work with them i walked away WITHOUT a locked jaw! And each time some work was needed, there was no pain during or after! And everything was done so quickly and so efficiently! The equipment they have is the top of the line, so there is never a need to wait or to return for the second part of the procedure, everything is done right there and then! The entire team is efficient and knowledgeable! My only regret is that i haven’t found you guys sooner!!! I love how kind and attentive everyone is! I wish i was more verbose in describing how i truly feel about this gem of a dental office, but words fail me and all i can add is that my heart is overflowing with love and gratitude and i will be forever grateful for everything you guys do and the way you do it!"- A.S. / Yelp / Aug 17, 2020
"This is THE BEST OF THE BEST IN DENTISTRY!!! Actually I’m coming all the way from NY to fix my teeth here, because I know they will always do a GREAT JOB! I’m an actress/model and my smile is very important for my job!!! HIGLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE. And The team is AMAZING!!!"- A.K. / Yelp / Feb 03, 2021
"Grateful. I’ve had a bad experience at the dentist’s office when I was a child and that has made me very nervous as an adult patient. Dr. Alan Howard’s staff was extremely prompt, John at the front desk would text to get me on the calendar or always be available by phone, no long waits. I needed the dreaded root canal, they got me in promptly and Dr. Alan made feel comfortable prior to the procedure and during. I went back for a chipped front tooth and after years of not being proud of my previous "average" job I saw a WORLD of difference with the redone chip in my front tooth. I’m actually showing off my smile now. It wasn’t painful, or nerve wrecking, just a superior job I’m proud of with the correct matching of my natural tooth color which previously they had gotten wrong and I just didn’t know better. Wish I had found them years ago. Go see Dr. Alan, you won’t regret it."- S.Y. / Yelp / Dec 28, 2020
Best Candidates for Inlays and Onlays
An onlay or inlay is a fantastic option when you've got a chipped tooth or a large cavity that's too big to get filled, but does not require the full protection of a crown. At your dental exam, Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard will examine your x-rays to determine the ideal procedure for your needs. If an onlay or inlay is chosen, he will explain the available materials that will best meet your needs. You could also talk about whether you'd like a direct restoration (an onlay or inlay created in our office using CEREC technology while you wait) versus an indirect restoration created in a dental lab.
What To Expect from Inlays and Onlays
After applying numbing cream or local anesthesia to your gums, Dr. Howard will begin by cleaning out regions of decay. Other techniques of sedation may be used in case you experience stress or a powerful gag reflex. When the enamel is cleaned, impressions will be produced from your tooth. If you're getting a restoration made in a lab, a temporary cover will be set until it is prepared. As soon as your onlay or inlay is ready, Dr. Howard will carefully set and then bond it on your tooth. He will polish the borders or adjust the fit so that your tooth is properly covered and feels right.
Recovery for Inlays and Onlays
If just local anesthesia is used, you will be able to leave following your appointment and get back to your regular activities. You might experience mild discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity for several days once your onlay or inlay is placed. Please call The Dental Office Encino if you experience any issues following your treatment. Your onlay or inlay should be taken care of like your own teeth with daily flossing and brushing. You should schedule yearly dental examinations and twice yearly cleanings at The Dental Office Encino so Dr. Howard can evaluate the wear and health of your onlay or inlay. With good maintenance, it ought to last for several years before it needs repairing or replacing.
Onlays and inlays are a common procedure for dental cavities and other problems, so it's generally paid in part by insurance. We can talk to your insurer to ascertain your particular policy prior to figuring out your personal expenses. Dr. Howard can personalize your procedure with restoration materials to match your budget and needs. In your consultative appointment, Dr. Howard will discuss price quotes and payments we take, such as low-cost medical financing.
Inlays and Onlays
Regardless of whether you choose an onlay or inlay, metal or ceramic, indirect or direct, it is important to take care of a damaged tooth before it turns into a debilitating and costly issue. Find out more about onlays and inlays to renew your mouth by making an appointment at The Dental Office Encino. Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard and their skilled team in Encino, CA can help revive your oral health using the very best treatment for your needs.