Dental inlays and onlays are fixed in the middle of tooth instead of a traditional filling. The dental inlays have a similarity to a dental filling but it is placed within the bumped surface of the tooth where eating takes place. The dental onlay focuses on going over the bumps or cusps and are larger than the inlays. Dental inlays and onlays are smaller than dental crowns but provided a solid bite zone for the repaired tooth.
Types of Dental Inlays and Onlays
The types of dental inlays and onlays available through Grove City Dental include:
- Porcelain Inlays & Onlays – Porcelain inlays and onlays are mainly used for the front teeth to repair tooth enamel that shows every time a patient smiles.
- Resin Inlays & Onlays – Resin inlays and onlays are designed for patients who grind their teeth regularly. Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays but porcelain has become increasingly popular for patients who prefer a natural color.
- Metal Inlays & Onlays – Gold inlays and onlays have been used for over a hundred years and many dentist still prefer to use the durable metal. Inlays and onlays prepared using gold and other metals can last for a long time and endure a lot of chewing wear. The metal inlays and onlays are often the best options for heavily used back teeth.
- Composite Inlays & Onlays – Direct composite fillings are white in color compared to the normal silvery grey color of amalgam. Composite fillings are typically completed within one visit to the dentist.
NOTE: For back teeth that have big imperfections, Dr. Schumann may recommend a particular filling based on your specific goals for cosmetic dentistry.
Larger Dental Fillings
Both inlays and onlays typically cover larger areas than traditional amalgam fillings. They are mainly placed in the back center of the tooth where the oral cavity is located. The dental inlays and onlays are useful for repairing broken teeth with small to severe fractures and help the tooth stay solid. Dr. Schumann will explain your options and recommend the best procedure for maintaining a healthy smile. Call us today or use our website’s convenient email form to book your appointment with Grove City Dental online.