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Inlays & Onlays San Francisco, CA

Inlay & OnlayAn Overview

A dental inlay or onlay is a commonly used procedure for treating moderate to advanced tooth decay, tooth damage and other cosmetic dental concerns. An inlay or onlay can effectively restore tooth decay, tooth cracks, or breaks that cover a large surface area or occur in the ridges of the tooth’s crown. The inlay or onlay is custom designed for a snug and comfortable fit. Made from high-quality dental ceramic, the inlay or onlay is color matched to the natural teeth for a seamless and beautiful smile.

For patients with moderate to severe tooth decay, an inlay or onlay may restore the natural tooth and prevent the need for tooth extraction. Regular visits to the dentist and preventive dental care can help catch cavities early for effective, conservative treatment.

Benefits of Inlays & Onlays

Often called a partial crown, inlays & onlays are a highly durable dental restoration that offer patients the benefits of modern dentistry. Natural looking, long lasting and comfortable, the inlay or onlay procedure can restore the integrity of the teeth.

  • Tooth Colored Material
  • Helps Support Natural Tooth
  • Deters Future Decay
  • Highly Durable
  • Mercury Free

Inlay Vs. Onlay

  • Inlay-  An inlay is used to repair decay or damage in the cusp of the tooth crown. The inlay is designed to snugly fit inside the cusp of a tooth. The inlay permanently adheres to a cleaned tooth for a lasting dental restoration. Inlays are custom fabricated from high-quality professional grade resin and are color matched to the tooth for an aesthetic result.
  • Onlay- Onlays are also made from professional grade ceramic resin and color matched to your natural tooth. The onlay is used on the surface of the tooth and can repair larger areas of decay. An onlay is more conservative than a dental crown and is often considered a partial crown.
I have never learned so much about my own teeth! Dr. Miller was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and made me feel comfortable as a new patient. His passion for dentistry truly shows in every interaction I have had with him. He was also extremely accommodating when it came to scheduling appointments…Mitch S.
Mr. Miller is great! Going to the dentist can be such a scary thing as they are often so rough and usually give you bad news. Adam is extremely gentle and spends the time educating you so you can better understand exactly what is going on in your mouth. Highly…Kim T.
I highly recommend Dr. Patterson. He was very thorough with my cleaning and was patient with my questions. He gave me great advice, I will be going back to him for my future cleanings.Harsheen K.
As a dental assistant for over 13 years, I can vouch that Dr Patterson is ethical, honest, and does IMPECCABLE work! I can tell you that in the dental world that can be hard to find sometimes, and you can take it from an insider that he is the real…Shirley D.
I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend Dr. Growney to anyone. He's professional, informative, funny, and immensely helpful. I came in mildly freaked out because of a chipped tooth. He took care of it in a matter of minutes, warning me that the filling won't completely blend in. I…Ngan T.
I've lived in the City for almost 19 years and Dr. Tam is my favorite dentist ever! She is thoughtful, thorough and just a kind person. She doesn't make you feel rushed if you have questions, takes the time to walk you through what she is doing and I would…Jill P.
Dr. Leslie Tam was so approachable, friendly and welcoming. She was efficient and wasn't pushy like some other Dentists I've encountered. The staff and office were a nice environment and a confident location for me in the Marina. I would definitely recommend!Christina W.
Dr. Bui is a beautiful person! She is so kind and gentle and a perfectionist-- not to mention an artist in her trade. If you are not satisfied for any reason (highly unlikely) she will do everything she can for you to leave happy. I personally guarantee that she will…Niki M.
I was referred to Dr. Baliwas by a friend, let's just say he lived up to hype and totally worth the drive from San Jose! I had been avoiding the dentist for a few years because of terrible bedside manner from a family dentist in the past, so i was…Adrianna C.
In my opinion there is no finer dental group in the city. The staff is friendly. MY dentist .Brian Baliwas, DDS, explains everything that needs to be done in detail, and is the gentle dentist I have ever seen. Believe it or not I actually dosed of during a root…Ward L

Inlay & Onlay What to Expect

Using a local anesthetic, the area to be treated will be numbed for your optimal comfort. Then, the diseased tissue will be removed from the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and prepared. Molds will be taken of the prepared tooth and used to design your custom fabricated inlay or onlay.

Union Square Dental Group uses the latest in dental technology and materials to create highly comfortable, well fit and lasting dental restorations. Your dental inlay or onlay will be color matched to blend in with your natural smile. The inlay or onlay will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Once fabricated, the inlay or onlay dental restoration will be permanently bonded to the tooth using an adhesive.

Preventative Dental Care San Francisco, CA

Tooth decay is a leading dental concern in the United States, and nearly all adults will experience a cavity at some point in their lives. A progressive disease, tooth decay can lead to more advanced dental concerns and should be treated as soon as possible to avoid further deterioration of your oral health. Preventative dental care both at home and at the dentist is essential for maintaining the health and beauty of your teeth and gums.

Our team of highly trained and experienced dentists provides comprehensive dental care in the Financial District of San Francisco. We highly encourage patients to visit the dentist at least twice yearly. Bi-annual dental cleanings and oral health checkups can allow for early diagnosis and conservative treatment.  Early intervention of any developing oral health concerns can prevent the progression of gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer. When tooth decay is caught early, your San Francisco dentist will be able to conserve the natural tooth, helping to protect the integrity of the bite and jawbone.  The treatment for tooth decay will be dependent on the patient’s oral health, location and size of the decay and their personal cosmetic goals. By the progression of decay and the location. Inlays & onlays are ideal for patients with moderately advanced tooth decay.

Your dentist will also discuss your cosmetic goals and budget to help you choose the treatment that is right for you.  Inlays & onlays are ideal for patients with moderately advanced tooth decay or tooth damage.

Why choose Union Square Dental Group?