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Inlays & Onlays


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More About Inlays & Onlays


Dental inlays and onlays are a more conservative approach to tooth restoration than full crowns that are available at Dentist 4U, your Mission Viejo dental office. They are used to repair rear teeth that have mild to moderate tooth decay, or for cracked teeth where the damage does not warrant a dental crown. Porcelain, composite resin and sometimes gold is used to create inlays and onlays. Inlays refer to those procedures where the bonded material is limited to the center of the tooth, while onlays refer to those procedures where the bonded material can extend further to one or more cusps of the tooth.

What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?

Natural look: Inlays and onlays have a natural tooth color that makes them virtually invisible compared to metal fillings.

Great fit: Inlays and onlys will not expand or contract based on temperature like metal fillings.

Longevity: Inlays and onlays can last up to thirty years, longer than any other type of filling.

Minimal tooth structure removed: Inlays and onlays require the minimal removal of a tooth’s surface, helping to preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas.

How it’s done:

Typically, two visits are required for the placements of inlays and onlays. In the first visit, Dr. Alvarez will take an impression of your teeth, which will be sent to a lab to create the permanent inlay or onlay. Before you leave, she will fit your tooth with a temporary inlay / onlay to keep the tooth protected between visits.

During your second visit, Dr. Alvarez will remove the temporary protective material and fit your tooth with the permanent inlay or onlay received from the lab.


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Insurance & Billing


Attaining the smile you’ve always wanted is as important to you as it is to us, and helping you affordably achieve that smile is our main goal. Our qualified financial team will do everything to ensure that expense does not prevent you from receiving the quality care you need and desire. Please contact our friendly staff to learn more about Insurance & Billing.

Why Choose Our Practice


Kind & Hospitable


With professional dental services, a comfortable environment, and welcoming care, our team want to help you make those remarkable moments in your life shine brighter with your smile.

Flexible Financing Options


Our qualified financial team will do all it can to make sure that expense does not prevent you from receiving the quality care you need and desire. We have developed different financial options to help you facilitate your goals.

Convenient Location


We serve the great people of Mission Viejo and Orange County. We look forward to providing you with the professional, progressive dental care and customer service our patients have come to expect.

Our Satisfied Patients


We are so thankful to have such amazing patients who have taken the time to share their experiences on Google, Facebook, and other online sources.

"Dr. Alvarez and her staff were very professional. They made my appointment super easy and convenient..."

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Monday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 7:0pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday: Closed

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