When your decayed tooth needs more than a filling but less than a crown to repair it, our dentist, Dr. Joseph E. Abe, and his team will use either an inlay or an onlay to bring your tooth back to a healthy state. Inlays are used when the decay is within the indented top surface (cusp) of a tooth; an onlay is used when the cavity involves one or more cusps. Inlays and onlays are sometimes referred to as partial crowns. Great care is taken to make sure that they match the appearance of your natural tooth to such a degree that they aren’t detectable by the naked eye. Composite inlays and onlays are made of a special resin that is a combination of plastic and zirconia/silica which is bonded to the tooth. They are tooth-colored in appearance and actually strengthen the structure of the tooth by up to seventy-five percent. Because of the strength and durability of the composite materials from which they are made, they can last up to thirty years with proper care. If you think you may need our composite dental inlays and onlays in Pasadena, California, please give our team a call today at 626-795-3301 for more information.

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