Inlays and Onlays Compared to Dental Fillings

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Inlays and onlays are often used in tooth repair instead of crowns or fillings. They offer a compromise that allows us to restore large areas of damage that cannot be covered by fillings, while preventing the loss of healthy tooth structure that can occur when using crowns.

Dental Fillings

Fillings are composite resin restorations that we are able to place during a single visit to our office. They are made of a special resin material that can be molded to the tooth, forming a chemical bond that helps keep the tooth strong. Fillings are usually only used when a tooth has a small cavity or area of damage. Though the bonding material can be matched to your teeth very closely, it may stain over time. Fillings have a lifespan of between five and ten years.

Onlays and Inlays

These restorations allow us to treat larger cavities and damaged teeth. They require up to two visits because they are first designed in our office, but then need to be created in a dental lab. This process results in a restoration that fits perfectly. They are usually made of dental porcelain, which looks similar to natural enamel. They can last fifteen years or more, and the porcelain will resist stains the entire time they are on your teeth.

Call us to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our West Hollywood dentist.


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