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.

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

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Absolutely love this place! Friendly and accommodating staff and I really appreciate Dr Hockel’s knowledge of what’s going on with not only my teeth, but how it all works together with my airway and everything else too!

J.R. Google

I came to Doctor Hockel due to problems with sleep apnea. He diagnosed a narrow palate and some other issues that ultimately are obstructing my airway and recommended a course of palate expansion (upper and lower) before going for more extensive surgery to correct problems with my jaw. It's been really great working with him and his staff! They're all extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They've answered every question I had and taken the time to explain what's being done each time (in what's going to be a couple-year-long process.) They're definitely using the latest tools and techniques and I feel completely comfortable with whatever they recommend. All in all, a *really* great dentist! [Edit from 2+ years in the future - 10/18/2023] I had my jaw surgery (total TMJ replacement and MMA (Maxillomandibular advancement, to move the upper teeth forward) in St Louis in May (via the only surgeon Dr Hockel trusts to do the surgery, who really is great) and returned to Dr Hockel's care in late June. Sleep apnea is cured, my bite was lined up and everything went well. Today was a great day - I got my braces off! We're now in the process of stabilizing the teeth with a retainer, but they look great and feel even better, with everything in my bite closing in the right places and all the teeth nice and straight and even. Dr Hockel's staff were awesome as usual - I showed up 20 minutes early and they said "come right in!" and we got to work. If you ever need to deal with airway issues (or indeed with orthodontia and other dental procedures), definitely give Life Dental and Orthodontics a call. They're the best!

D.C. Google

A bit challenging to say "loved it" for a visit to the dentist, but we have been clients of Dr. Brian Hockel and his father before him for close to thirty years. We have been very pleased with the dental service, the staff and the facilities. Dr. Brian is very skilled and goes out of his way to provide holistic, thorough and caring treatment. He's a fine dentist (and a good musician and magician, as well). His staff is excellent. They are very well trained , friendly and empathetic.

D.M. Google

Very friendly and knowledgeable.

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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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