Minimally-Invasive Tooth Restorations

Inlays & Onlays in Irvine, CA

At The Tooth Co., we prioritize preserving your natural smile with the most advanced, minimally invasive treatments. Our inlays and onlays in Irvine, CA, are perfect solutions for restoring teeth with minimal structural damage.

Dr. Perrin consulting with a smiling patient at our Irvine dental office.

What Are Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are types of dental restorations that are used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay. They also repair fractured and damaged teeth that are not sufficiently damaged enough to require a crown. Unlike crowns, which cover the tooth entirely, inlays and onlays cover only a portion of the tooth, making them a more conservative treatment option where healthy tooth structure is otherwise shaved away. Dr. Perrin likes patients to almost think of an inlay or onlay as a porcelain “Lego piece” that fits into an area with a defect that would be too large to perform a filling in.

Why Are They A Good Option?

At The Tooth Co., we believe in preserving as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. Inlays and onlays allow us to do just that. They are more conservative than crowns because they don’t require extensive reshaping of your natural tooth. This approach not only preserves more of your natural tooth but also ensures a stronger, long-lasting restoration. We generally recommend inlays and onlays over crowns, except in cases where an existing crown is being replaced.


What To Expect

➕ New Patient Experience Consultation: Our Irvine dentist, Dr. Conor Perrin, will first evaluate your tooth to determine if an inlay or onlay is the best option for you.

➕ Preparation: The affected tooth is prepared by removing the decayed or damaged areas. This process is minimally invasive, keeping as much of the healthy tooth structure as possible.

➕ Impression and Creation: We take a precise scan of your tooth, which is then used to create a custom inlay or onlay that perfectly fits your tooth. The restoration is crafted from durable materials like porcelain to nicely match the natural color of your teeth.

➕ Fitting and Bonding: Once your inlay or onlay is ready, you’ll return for a second visit where we’ll carefully fit and bond the restoration to your tooth. This process ensures a seamless fit and restores the functionality and aesthetics of your tooth.

➕ Final Adjustments: We make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable bite and polish the restoration for a natural look.


What to Expect

Patients choosing inlays and onlays can expect a comfortable experience with results that not only look natural but are also long-lasting. These restorations strengthen the tooth’s structure and can last for many years with proper care.

Restore Your Smile At The Tooth Co.

If you’re looking for a durable and aesthetic solution to restore your teeth, consider inlays and onlays at The Tooth Co. in Irvine, CA. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards restoring your smile with minimal intervention. Call us now at 949.284.2807

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