A broken or chipped tooth brings a lot of discomfort. You may find it difficult to eat, speak or smile, which is both uncomfortable and inconvenient. Sometimes, all you need to restore your smile to perfection is a dental inlay or an onlay. Read more to find out if these options suit your needs.
What are Dental Inlays?
Inlays repair the surface of your teeth. You receive them if you have decay within the cusps of your teeth or the bumps on your molars. Inlays are made of porcelain, composite resin or even gold.
Inlays vs. Fillings
Sometimes, dental inlays offer more advantages to your oral health than metal fillings:
- Inlays preserve more of the natural structure of your teeth.
- Porcelain inlays look natural.
- Your teeth become stronger with inlays, whereas fillings weaken teeth.
- Porcelain inlays will not contract and expand with hot or cold foods, which means that they won’t crack your teeth.
- Inlays provide higher durability than traditional fillings.
- Inlays offer perfect contours for healthy gums.
What are Dental Onlays?
Onlays are similar to inlays, except they cover the biting surface of your teeth rather than fitting between the cusps. They’re sometimes called partial crowns, as they cover an extensive portion of your teeth. Like inlays, they can be crafted from porcelain, composite resin or gold.
Onlays vs. Crowns and Fillings
- Easier Cleaning: Dr. Fuming Li tailors inlays to fit perfectly with minimal preparation. This makes them easier to clean than a crown.
- Color: Dental onlays are less likely to discolor than tooth-colored resin filling.
- True Size: Composite fillings can shrink while they cure, but gold or porcelain onlays won’t.
- Tooth Preservation: Dental onlays allow you to preserve healthy tooth structure while restoring damaged or decayed areas. This increases functional longevity.
- Stability: Dental onlays are strong and stable—their superior fit and resilient material make onlays an excellent option for tooth restoration, often strengthening a damaged tooth.
Get Dental Inlays and Onlays from Dr. Fuming Li
If you want to learn more about inlays, onlays or any other restorative dental procedure we offer, contact Dr. Li’s offices in Millville and Voorhees today. We are happy to help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always wanted!