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Fillings, Inlays & Onlays

Fillings recreate the shape and form of the natural tooth

Inlays restore a tooth to its natural size, shaper

An onlay is placed under the same circumstances as a inlay, and are made out of the same material

Dental Restorations Fillings

Dental fillings are the most common type of dental restorations that are performed.  During the filling appointment the dentist will first administer local anethestic to numb the area requiring treatment.  Once this has taken effect, he will proceed to clean out the decay from the tooth, and then place the filling material, either amalgam (silver), composite (white tooth colored), or gold,  to recreate the shape and form of the natural tooth. These filling materials have their own advantages and disadvantages, please feel free to discuss with the Dentist which type is right for you.

Amalgam Filling Material
Composite Filling Material

 

Inlays/Onlays

A dental inlay is a custom fit restoration that is placed when the tooth is too damaged or decayed to support a filling, but, not enough loss of tooth structure to require a crown. Most inlays are fabricated out of either gold or porcelain. An inlay is placed on the top chewing surface of the tooth, between the cusps (the 4 little points of the tooth.) A dental onlay is placed under the same circumstances as a inlay, and are made out of the same material. The only difference between them is the areas of the tooth that they cover. An onlay fixes and extends over the entire chewing surface of the tooth and to one or more of the cusps.

Inlays

 


 

What is an Inlay?
What materials are in an Inlay?
What are the benefits of having an Inlay?
What are the risks of having an Inlay?
What are the alternatives to Inlays?
How can an existing bite affect an Inlay?
Are there any post treatment limitations once I have an Inlay?

 



 

What is an Onlay?
What materials are in an Onlay?
What are the benefits of having an Onlay?
What are the risks of having an Onlay?
What are the alternatives to Onlays?
How can an existing bite affect an Onlay?
Are there any post treatment limitations once I have an Onlay?