Dental Inlay/Dental Onlay
When the chewing surfaces of back teeth are damaged due to tooth decay, breaks, fractures, or have old fillings that need to be replaced, an inlay or onlay is often the recommended repair. Ceramic or porcelain inlays and onlays typically require less tooth be removed, making them an ideal alternative to silver fillings and dental crowns.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN INLAYS, ONLAYS AND FILLINGS?
Inlays and onlays typically require less tooth be removed, maintaining more of the tooth structure which makes them a popular way to restore teeth and an alternative to a standard dental filling.
WHAT IS A DENTAL ONLAY?
An onlay is used to repair a tooth when the chewing cusps have been affected, so an onlay extends to the chewing surface of the back tooth. Otherwise, inlays and onlays are basically the same:
- Custom-made of composite materials (gentle to opposing teeth, prone to more wear and discoloration), gold (strongest, most expensive, not natural-looking), or tooth-colored porcelain (most natural-looking, wear well)
- Permanently cemented into the tooth
- Highly durable and long-lasting
After evaluating the damaged tooth, Fortson Dentistry will help you make the best decision for your budget and your mouth – and give you a long-lasting, joyful smile.
AREAS WE SERVE
If you’re interested in seeing if a dental inlay or onlay is right for you and you live in Lathrup Village, Southfield, Oak Park, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, or Royal Oak, Fortson Dentistry has three Southeast Michigan locations to serve you. To find which office is most convenient for you and your family, please visit our locations page.