Almost ninety percent of people will develop at least one cavity at some point in their lives, meaning that they will need a filling to protect the tooth from further decay and damage. While most cavities develop on the chewing surface of the tooth, it is also possible to develop cavities on the front, back, and side of the tooth as well. Inlays and onlays can help in restoring the tooth and giving you back full functionality. At Doylestown Dental Group we offer both inlays and onlays to our patients in the Doylestown, PA area needing restorative dentistry.
What are Inlays and Onlays?
- Inlays – Inlays are similar to regular filings except they are larger, stronger, and take up more surface area of the tooth in order to protect it from further decay. They are only used within the cusps, or inner portion of the tooth.
- Onlays – Onlays are smaller than a crown, which caps the entire tooth, but can replace the missing cusp of a tooth, completely restoring the side and top of a damaged tooth. They can help protect a tooth from decay and make a tooth more functional.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
- They are strong – Inlays and onlays are stronger than regular fillings and can strengthen teeth damaged by tooth decay by up to seventy-five percent. They also protect the tooth from further decay by covering the areas where the enamel has worn thin.
- They last longer – In many cases, inlays and onlays are so durable they can last up to thirty years even with constant use. It is still important to brush and floss regularly, and care for them as you would your natural teeth.
- They look natural – Not only are inlays and onlays made with a tooth-colored material that will blend in with your natural tooth, but they are also more stain resistant than most fillings and composite resin materials.
Restorative Dentistry in Doylestown PA
Tooth decay can cause a lot of damage to the structural integrity of your tooth, and fillings may not be enough to protect the tooth from further damage. If you would like to learn more about inlays and onlays or our other restorative dentistry services, please contact our office today!