Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays need an explanation. We wish to clarify these differences and inform readers so that they can make choices regarding dental health.

If you have tooth decay, we can still restore normal tooth structure with inlays and onlays or dental fillings. The kind of dental treatment your dentist will recommend for you will depend on the location and the extent of the cavities.

Inlays replace the chewing area on the back teeth. They therefore mainly cover a small part of the tooth. Onlays on the other hand replace cavities which affect a large part of the tooth. Onlays usually cover the tooth cusp(s) (raised points on the tooth usually closest to the tongue and cheek) as well as the chewing area of the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are similar in that they are larger fillings that are dental treatments designed to give more support to the teeth they are used on.

They are mainly for larger cavities. “Indirect fillings” are an alternative to traditional dental fillings. Unlike the traditional fillings which are applied directly on the teeth, someone must first make your inlays and onlays. Porcelain inlays and onlays can be made onsite at the dentist’s office, yes. However, gold inlays and onlays come from a dental laboratory. We then bond them to the teeth in a separate visit.

Though originally consisting of gold, today, inlays and onlays can consist of porcelain. Gold was the initial favorite because of its durability, but porcelain is now available thanks to technological advancements. This modern porcelain in dental treatments today is just as strong and durable as it as beautiful. The shade of the porcelain is usually as close as possible to the shade of the patient’s teeth.

Dental inlays and onlays are a more permanent solution than temporary filling. They make the teeth stronger, and can last for up to 30 years. These are some of the dental procedures that we provide here at Reese Dental Clinic.

If you would like treatment or more information on inlays and onlays, call us today at 817-500-5288. Feel free to ask any questions; we are always happy to be of help.