At Sneed Dental Arts, you can experience the best dental treatments that are aesthetically pleasing and supported by science. Here, we offer dental inlays and onlays for patients who need increased strength in their molars after having cavities removed. Similar to a filling, a dental inlay or onlay covers the problematic area to improve strength while also giving you the look of a natural tooth. In fact, we have found that these devices actually give your teeth more strength than they would have with fillings only.
A dental inlay is an alternative to the dental crown. It is bonded directly to the center of your tooth and is considered to be a more conservative treatment approach to larger crowns, which can be problematic for some. Inlays are fit exactly to your teeth, allowing them to be strong and durable. While they were once formed only from gold, making them eye-catching but not in a good way, they are now usually formed from a tooth-colored resin, allowing them to blend in perfectly with your natural teeth.
A dental onlay is slightly different. While an inlay only covers the center of the tooth, an onlay is bigger and extends to cover one or more cusps on a molar. It must be strong because it will cover a good portion of your tooth’s biting surface.
Both inlays and onlays are formed in a laboratory to ensure perfect size and fit. This is different from a typical dental filling, which is molded to your tooth while you are in the dentist’s chair and is hardened with a special light. However, you can expect your dental inlay or onlay to last far longer than a filling would.
Dental inlays and onlays offer a variety of benefits that may make them well-worth your consideration should our dentist recommend them to you. Not only are they strong and durable, but also they match your teeth. They protect more of the structure of your natural tooth than fillings do and can fit in tight spaces.