When are Inlays and Onlays Used?

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Inlays and onlays are an alternative option to fillings for patients who require restorative dental care. When a tooth is damaged or has suffered deep decay, and a space has formed that needs to be filled, dentists can use certain material to fill it. Dentists and their patients can work together to decide if a direct or indirect filling (inlay or onlay) should be used.

The difference between an inlay and an onlay is that an inlay is placed in the middle of a tooth, whereas an onlay goes on the surface of a tooth, otherwise known as the cusp or crown. They are referred to as indirect fillings because they are made in a lab using an impression of the tooth, and applied after they are sent back to our Orange County cosmetic dentist.

Indirect fillings offer several benefits over direct fillings.

• Superior fit
• Preservation of more of the tooth
• Easier to clean
• Non-staining
• Better blockage of decay
• Stability
• No reshaping required
• Protect weak areas
• Do not shrink

Our expert in onlays in Orange County can better inform you of the best situations for indirect fillings. Call our office today to schedule an appointment and restore the strength of your smile.

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When are Inlays and Onlays Used?

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