Dental inlays and onlays are restorations that are used to restore the cusp, or chewing surface of teeth that have suffered a break or fracture, or teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of decay.
Whereas inlays are used to treat damage within the cusps, or top projections of a tooth, onlays are used when the damage extends to one or more of the cusps. An onlay is placed over the cusps, or covers part, or all, of the chewing surface of the tooth.
The use of inlays and onlays requires less tooth reduction than does the use of metal fillings. This allows us to conserve more of your natural tooth structure. In some instances, gold will be used to restore the tooth. More commonly we utilize porcelain and tooth colored resins. These materials are virtually invisible, allowing you to have a more natural looking smile.
During your appointment, the resin material will be applied directly to your teeth. We will then blend and sculpt the resin, to replicate your own natural tooth shape and color. The bonding procedure can be completed in a single visit and will significantly change the appearance of your smile
White fillings, also called composite fillings are made from durable, tooth colored plastics, called composite resins. We use these resins to restore the natural appearance of a decayed or previously filled tooth. Since the resins are similar in color and texture to natural teeth, the fillings are less noticeable and much more attractive than other types of fillings.
An advantage of composite fillings, as compared with other dental restorations, is that they require less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed to hold the filling in place. This is due to the composite materials’ ability to bond to teeth adhesively. Composite fillings are strong and provide resistance against future fractures. Also, unlike amalgam (metal) fillings, composite fillings are mercury-free and contain no toxic metal, or material. A composite filling requires only one visit, during which the tooth is prepared and restored.