More conservative than a crown, inlays and onlays are two methods of restoring normal tooth structure after decay or other damage. Inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings because unlike a standard filling that is done in our office, both are made in a laboratory and cemented or bonded to the surface of the tooth during a second visit.
An inlay is done when the tooth structure replaced is within the cusp tips of the tooth. If the damage is more extensive and the new structure covers the entire chewing surface including one or more tooth cusps, the procedure is called an onlay.
Technological advancements make it possible for you to maintain an amazing smile even if you have cavities. Many dentists still use metal amalgam fillings but today there are dental inlays available to fill your cavities with material that matches your tooth color. If you are self-conscious about your existing metal fillings, you may want to consider replacing them with natural looking dental inlays. Dental inlays allow Dr. Causey to offer you virtually invisible dental restoration.
What Dental Inlays Do
Dental inlays repair the chewing surface of your tooth. Dr Causey may use dental inlays to repair teeth that have other restoration options such as a dental filling. You can have your inlays created of tooth colored porcelain or composite resin. You can also choose to have your inlays made from gold. Most inlays are more durable than the composite or amalgam fillings. They are also less expensive than a dental crown.