Of all the modern innovations in cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry, inlays and onlays are some of our favorites. These are tooth-colored fillings that make teeth with cavities stronger and more natural looking than the traditional silver fillings can. In order to determine if inlays and onlays are a good treatment for you, here are some things to consider.

What Are Inlays and Onlays?

Good question. Inlays and onlays are most often made with a treated glass polymer, and are designed to replace the tooth matter that is missing once a cavity eats away at a tooth. The material is placed into a tooth and allowed to set. It hardens into something that looks at acts just like the lost tooth matter.

What Makes Inlays and Onlays Better?

Traditional silver fillings are not designed to last forever. Eventually, heavy use and temperature changes cause silver fillings to work their way loose. Inlays and onlays were specifically designed to stand up to heavy use, and can also make your tooth stronger in return. That means your teeth are less likely to be cracked, chipped, or fractured in the future. Inlays and onlays are meant to last for at least a decade.

Who Can Get Inlays and Onlays?

If you are in need of a filling, you can most likely get an inlay or onlay. They serve the same purpose as a traditional filling, and the only real requirement is that there is sufficient remaining tooth matter to support the material.

Ready to Schedule Your Appointment in Carmichael?

Now that you know how inlays and onlays can help your smile stay strong and look beautiful, the next step is to schedule an appointment. Contact our Carmichael office at 916-972-8851, or use the “Book Appointment” button at the top of our website to book through Zocdoc.