What are Indirect Fillings?

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Up until very recently, the only type of fillings were direct fillings. These involved creating the filling right in the tooth. The material would be placed directly in the empty space created by a cavity or root canal treatment. While this method is still sometimes used today, indirect fillings are now much more popular.

Indirect fillings are created outside of the tooth, and then placed, instead of both at once. This requires two appointments. At your first appointment, our OC dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to a lab where your filling will be created. Once completed and sent back, you can return to have them placed. This process may also be possible in just one appointment with CAD/CAM technology.

There are two types of indirect fillings – inlays and onlays. Inlays are the fillings that enter into the tooth, where onlays are for damage that only affects the cusps, or the surface. Dentists and patients alike prefer fillings in most situations, as they do not require as much loss of healthy tooth structure as dental crowns. They do, however, still require consistent care and regular check-ups from our dentist. We can answer any questions you may have on the topic in our office.

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What are Indirect Fillings?

How are Inlays and Onlays Used to Restore Teeth?

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Inlays and onlays mimic the process of crowns but provide a non-invasive advantage. Inlays and onlays repair existing tooth structure, rather than replace it. But they’re also used to replace old or damaged fillings, so the term “indirect fillings” is sometimes used to describe them.

Typically you will need either an inlay or an onlay, as their functions are redundant if placed together. Here are some examples for both:

 

Inlays

If you have decay in the tooth lining or between the cusps, inlays are placed in these gaps. This is more like a dental filling function, except inlays are distinctly preferable to fillings because the choice of materials is superior. Inlays also offer greater protection against decay and occlusal forces.

 

Onlays

If your decay extends throughout the biting surface, an onlay fits within the grooves but also covers the cusps.  Onlays also provide excellent restoration of fractured teeth. Again, preserving the existing tooth structure is the primary benefit. A crown would involve tearing out the damaged cusps, while an onlay is simply inserted over them.

For more about the restorative uses of inlays and onlays, ask your Beverly Hills dentist.

How are Inlays and Onlays Used to Restore Teeth?

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.

When are Inlays and Onlays Used?

What are Same Day Inlays and Onlays?

Happy patientSometimes teeth become damaged or suffer from decay, leaving them weak and unable to function properly. Fortunately, a restoration can be used to make them stronger protect them from further harm. These restorations include inlays and onlays. It used to take two or more appointments to apply these, but now, our Agoura Hills dentist is able to place them in just one visit.

Inlays are used to fill a cavity on the inside of the tooth, which onlays are used for the outside, or the crown. CAD/CAM technology makes it significantly easier to create perfect, custom restorations in a short period of time. Your dentist will take 3D images of the tooth in question, which will then be sent to a CEREC milling machine. This machine can use 3D printing technology and the desired material to create your inlay or onlay.

This is great news for patients who are short on time. You no longer have to schedule several appointments a week or so apart, and request time off work or plan them around your busy schedule. You are free to wait in our office while the machine is hard at work. Check to see if your dentist offers same day inlays and onlays.

What are Same Day Inlays and Onlays?

When are Inlays and Onlays Used?

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If you are like most people, you have probably had a cavity at some point in your life. Maybe you have even had enough decay to need a crown. Inlays and onlays are two useful tools our dentist in San Fernando Valley uses in treating cavities and tooth decay.

Like a filling, an inlay is used to fill a cavity. However, unlike a traditional filling that is placed inside a cavity while still a soft consistency and then hardened, an inlay is made by a lab and placed inside the cavity when it is already hard. Materials tend to expand when they are hardened. Though this expansion is almost imperceptible, the strain from a traditional filling being hardened inside the tooth can cause a weak tooth to break. For this reason, inlays are desirable over traditional fillings when a tooth is fragile, such as when the cavity is large.

Onlays are made in the same manner as an inlay. The primary difference between them is that an onlay covers the top of the tooth and extends over at least one of its sides. An onlay can actually extend over all sides of a tooth, covering the entire tooth. A crown is an example of such an onlay. An onlay is used on a tooth that has more extensive damage.

If you have a large cavity or a cracked, broken or decayed tooth, contact our office to find out how an inlay or onlay can help.

When are Inlays and Onlays Used?

When Do Dentists Use Inlays and Onlays?

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Inlays and onlays are used for dental restorations, and are a common alternative to full-coverage dental crowns. They are often also referred to as direct fillings. A direct filling is called an “inlay” if it is being applied to the center of a tooth, and an “onlay” if it is for the outside, or the surface, of a tooth. You may need an inlay or onlay if you have a tooth that has suffered damage from decay caused by a cavity. They not only restore your dental health, but relieve any pain and fix the look of the tooth.

There are several differences between a direct filling and a full coverage dental crown, which may explain why dentists prefer them. The first difference is while crowns are created in the mouth, inlays and onlays are created in a lab. This means that the procedure for applying them is much easier and less time consuming. Inlays and onlays are also known to be stronger and longer lasting, meaning less time making and attending dental appointments for the same problem. Patients also remark that direct fillings fit better than crowns, as well.

If you are curious about inlays and onlays, and would like to consider them instead of a crown, talk to your cosmetic dentist for their opinion.

When Do Dentists Use Inlays and Onlays?

Benefits of Same Day Inlays and Onlays

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Advances in dental technology have made it possible to complete even complex restorations in a single appointment. In the past, inlays, onlays and similar restorations could take two to three appointments to finish, but today, we can have your tooth completely restored and ready to use in one day. Our Agoura Hills cosmetic dentist may recommend one if you have a large filling that needs to be replaced or a tooth that is heavily damaged or decayed.

Same day inlays and onlays have many benefits for your smile, including:

1. A conservative alternative to dental crowns
The tooth will require less preparation, which means that more of the natural structure can remain in place. An inlay can be used to repair the center of the tooth while an onlay may be needed to repair damage that includes one or more cusps.

2. A fast process
You will walk through our doors with a damaged tooth, but when you leave, you will have a beautiful new restoration that is ready to use.

3. A more comfortable restoration
There will be no need to return for additional treatments, no temporary inlay and no additional anesthetic shots.
Call us today to learn more about the benefits of same day dentistry or to schedule your appointment with our expert in same day inlays and onlays in Agoura Hills.

Benefits of Same Day Inlays and Onlays