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Inlays and Onlays in Walnut Creek, CA

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What Are Dental Inlays and Onlays?

A cross between a regular filling and a full crown, an inlay or onlay can fix a damaged or decayed tooth. Used on the back teeth, an inlay covers the concave center of a tooth while an onlay covers the tooth's rounded upper edges. Like dental fillings and crowns, onlays and inlays can be made in a variety of materials — composite resin, porcelain, and metal. We can help Walnut Creek, CA patients better understand crowns, fillings, inlays, and onlays so they can make an informed decision about treating their teeth at Life Dental & Orthodontics.

How Are Inlays and Onlays Placed?

After applying local anesthetic to numb the treatment area, we will start by removing areas of decay. Other techniques of sedation may be used if you experience stress or have a powerful gag reflex. When the tooth is cleaned, impressions will be made from the tooth. If you are receiving an indirect restoration, a temporary filling will be placed until it is prepared. Once your onlay or inlay is ready, we will carefully set and bond it to your tooth. We may polish the edges or adjust the fit so that your tooth is suitably coated and feels right.

I want to give a shout-out to Rachel, who is an amazing hygienist. I have been with Life Dental for many years, long before the name of the practice changed. I have been treated by many hygienists over the years, all really wonderful, and Rachel is #1 on my ‘top 10’ list. She is thorough and extremely efficient - a super smart and skilled hygienist. Rachel takes time to get to know her patients - she remembers highlights in my life that she will ask me about at my next appointment, and she exhibits genuine interest. She is a thoughtful and caring person, and a true professional. In general, all services, from the front office to dental care provided by Life Dental are exemplary and I can’t recommend this dental practice more highly.

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So glad to be working with LD&O. World class facility. Friendly staff. Top notch technologies. Great communications. Innovative approach. Cutting edge thinking. Thank you.

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So glad to be working with LD&O. World class facility. Friendly staff. Top notched technologies. Great communications. Innovative approach. Cutting edge thinking. Thank you.

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I took my young boys to Life dental & Orthodontics because they were airway focused and that was really important for a family! We were mostly helped with Katie the RDA and she was so great with the boys made everything fun and super patient with them. I also really appreciated how in-depth Dr. Hockel explained everything to myself and our kids. My boys can get easily overwhelmed and he had such gentle and calm energy throughout the whole process! I really appreciated that! Highly recommend this team! :) Jessie at the front desk is also super helpful and sweet!

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Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.

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Protect Against Tooth Decay

Regardless of whether you select an inlay or onlay, porcelain or metal, direct or indirect, it's important to deal with a damaged or decayed tooth before it becomes a painful and costly issue. Find out more about dental inlays and onlays to restore your teeth by making an appointment at Life Dental & Orthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA. Our team will help improve your smile and oral health with the very best treatment for your needs.

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