San Ramon Cosmetic Dentistry Blog | Sean Michael Anderson, D.D.S.

San Ramon, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek and Dublin, CA

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Onlays and Inlays

Not too many people, other than cosmetic dentists, really understand what onlays and inlays are used for. The terms can be a bit confusing so we hope the following explanations help.

Onlays and inlays refer to porcelain restorations. An inlay is done when the restoration is inside the tooth. An onlay is done when the restoration is more extensive and extends to the outer surface of the tooth. Onlays and inlays are bonded to the tooth so less of the actual tooth surface has to be removed. Unlike the old silver fillings, they don't expand and contract against the tooth over time. That can cause cracking and may require more extensive dental procedures down the road.

Dr. Sean Anderson is an expert when it comes to cosmetic dentistry procedures such as onlays and inlays. After Dr. Anderson takes an impression of the tooth, he'll apply a temporary filling while your custom inlay or onlay is designed in our own state-of-the-art dental lab. When the custom inlay or onlay is ready, Dr. Anderson will use a very safe dental resin to permanently cement it to your tooth. Dr. Anderson is such an artist that you won't be able to tell where the tooth ends and the filling begins.

If you are looking for dental inlays or onlays in the San Ramon, California area, please contact us today.

posted by Patti at 10:50 AM

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Porcelain Crowns

Losing a tooth is never a pleasant experience. In the old days of dentistry, getting a crown to replace a damaged or decayed tooth was even more of an ordeal. Everyone would cringe at the thought of needles and drills. In some cases, patients wouldn't even bother getting the tooth fixed.

Thankfully, the art and science of modern cosmetic dentistry has changed all that. Dr. Sean Anderson is an excellent example of cosmetic dentists who use state-of-the-art materials and techniques while restoring your smile virtually pain-free.

For Dr. Anderson, porcelain crowns are used to restore your ability to chew, speak and smile properly. As long as the root of the broken or decayed tooth is still intact, porcelain crowns can be used to repair the damage. Here's how it works.

Dr. Anderson gently reshapes the damaged tooth to allow the porcelain crown to fit over it like a cap. Next, he uses dental putty to take an impression of the tooth and those around it. The impression will show the dental lab how to design your custom porcelain crown so it fits naturally among your other teeth.

A temporary crown is set over the damaged tooth to protect it while your custom porcelain crown is being designed. Once the custom crown is ready, Dr. Anderson uses a very safe, but very strong, dental adhesive to secure the crown to the tooth. Once he's done, you have a natural, no-gap smile again.

If would like to learn if porcelain crowns are right for you, come visit us in the San Ramon, California area and contact us today.

posted by Patti at 10:29 AM


Sean Michael Anderson, D.D.S
Neuromuscular & Aesthetic Cosmetic Dentistry

1501 Bollinger Canyon Road Suite G
San Ramon, CA 94583

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