Inlays and onlays are two types of restorative dental treatments that can often be used instead of fillings. Inlays are used to treat decay or damage that is isolated to one or more teeth, whereas onlays can be used for larger or more extensive areas of damage.
Inlays and onlays can be made of tooth-colored porcelain, gold, or composite resin material. The inlay or onlay is bonded to your tooth using dental cement.
Advantages of Inlays and Onlays
Compared to a filling, an inlay or onlay can treat a larger area of decay and fit more securely, which means less risk for recurrent decay. Inlays and onlays can be made from several durable materials, such as porcelain, gold, or composite resin, and are designed to withstand the force of normal chewing for up to 20 years.
What are Inlays and Onlays made of?
Once your dentist has determined that you are a candidate for an inlay or an onlay, you and the dentist can discuss which material is most appropriate for you. Most lab-fabricated inlays and onlays are comprised of porcelain, composite resin, or dental gold.
Inlays and onlays made of dental gold are typically used for molars that have sustained damage due to trauma or decay.
How are inlays and onlays placed?
The treatment process begins by creating an impression of your teeth. This allows us to create an inlay that fits perfectly in your smile. Your dentist will also take measurements to determine the exact size of the restoration needed. The impression and measurements are then sent to an outside lab, where your custom inlay is created.
The dentist and the team are happy to explain the dental treatments offered at the practice in detail. If you would like to learn more, we invite you to give Denist in Atlanta GA a call at (404) 255-4575 and schedule a consultation.