Dentists use inlays and onlays to replace old tooth fillings that need to be removed. Similar to fillings, inlays are placed inside the top edges, or cusps, of a tooth. Onlays provide more extensive coverage by extending over the cusps of the affected tooth.
Candidates for restorative treatment with inlays or onlays have experienced severe decay or damage to the tooth structure. A dental filling won’t repair the problem sufficiently, yet there are still enough healthy teeth to eliminate the need for a crown.
Inlays are made of various materials such as porcelain, gold, and composite resins. Composite and porcelain are used to make cosmetic inlays and onlays, as alternatives to traditional filings. They are much stronger than typical white fillings. Gold is also used as an alternative filling, but the aesthetic appearance is less desirable.
Our dentist in Pearland, TX will discuss the best treatment option for your dental condition. Generally, Inlays and Onlays are used to replace fillings in back teeth. They are sometimes the preferred cosmetic choice over traditional metal fillings. In addition, they offer a more conservative approach than dental crowns.
The cost of Inlays and Onlays is comparable to the price of a dental crown. In comparison to metal fillings, inlays and onlays are more expensive initially, but due to their longevity in the long term they can end up costing you less.