Repair your broken tooth with porcelain inlays and onlays in Petaluma, CA

As you age, your teeth become more susceptible to damage, but wear and tear can happen to anyone, and a cracked or broken tooth needs treatment as soon as possible to prevent further damage. North Bay Smiles offers patients in the Petaluma, CA area porcelain inlays and onlays for a discrete restoration that can protect your teeth and last for years.

How porcelain inlays and onlays protect your teeth

Porcelain inlays and onlays are crafted to cover part of your tooth. These are similar to dental crowns, but the key difference is they only cover part of your teeth. This makes them a more conservative treatment than crowns because Dr. Szyperski will only have to remove tooth enamel directly under where the inlay or onlay is bonded in place.

Inlays are designed to protect the chewing surface of your tooth, while onlays are crafted to cover one or more cusps. Dr. Szyperski will need to address any tooth decay or gum issues on damaged teeth first. Once your tooth is ready, she will remove some of the outer layers of your enamel to make space for the restoration. Once your tooth is prepped, she will create an impression of the treatment area.

Next, she will place a temporary acrylic inlay or onlay to protect your tooth and send the impression to the dental lab. Once the ceramic restoration is ready, you will return to the office and have it bonded into place.

Protecting your oral health

Restoring your smile is only part of the equation, and it’s important to address any issues that contributed to the damage. For example, if your teeth were damaged by bruxism, Dr. Szyperski can craft a mouth guard to stop nighttime grinding. Not only can it protect your teeth, but it can also reduce headaches and pain in your jaw, neck, and shoulders, as well as help you get a better night’s sleep.

At North Bay Smiles, we believe prevention is the best medicine for our patients, no matter the age. We focus on individualized treatment plans for every patient to maintain good oral health and gorgeous smiles. Contact our office in Petaluma, CA, today at (707) 306-8001 to schedule an appointment.