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Inlays and Onlays

A woman with Dental Onlays in Wenatchee, WACavities, while often thought to be an issue faced only by children, are a common dental issue that affects people of all ages. They occur when the acids produced by plaque and oral bacteria are left on the surfaces of your teeth. These acids erode the enamel, leading to the formation of pits in your teeth. Typically, cavities are treated with either amalgam or composite resin fillings. However, these fillings are not ideal in all situations, such as cavities that occur on the chewing surfaces of your molars, and can put the tooth at risk for further harm. At Johnson Family Dental, we can treat these cavities with inlays and onlays.

Amalgam and Composite Resin Fillings

Most fillings are filled with either amalgam or composite resin. Made up of a mixture of metals suspended in mercury, amalgam fillings are known for their exceptional strength. This strength makes amalgam ideal for cavities in the back of the mouth, where bite pressures are the strongest. However, these fillings are silver in color. Not only that, but many patients express concerns over the metal and mercury content. Composite resin fillings are a more aesthetic alternative to amalgam. They are made up of plastic, fine glass and other materials, and are white in color. Because they blend in with the color of your natural teeth, they are ideal for teeth at the front of your mouth. However, they are not nearly as strong as amalgam.

Inlays and Onlays

Cavities on the chewing surfaces of your molars present issues when it comes to traditional fillings. Amalgam fillings placed in these cavities can be driven deeper into the tooth, acting as a wedge. Eventually, the tooth can split in half. Composite resin fillings placed in these cavities can wear down quickly and break.

Inlays and onlays provide an alternative to traditional fillings. They are known as indirect fillings, created outside of the tooth, rather than cured inside of it. While they can be made from several different materials, they are typically made of porcelain. The porcelain for these indirect fillings is strong and can stand up to most normal daily use of the molars. They can also be created to perfectly match the color of your natural teeth, so they will not be noticed at all. Inlays are used when only one cusp of the molar is affected. Onlays are used when two or more cusps are affected. They are also commonly referred to as partial crowns.

Why Get Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays take two appointments to place. During your first appointment, we remove the decay from the cavity using a small drill. Once the tooth has been cleaned, an impression is taken. This impression is sent to a dental lab, where your inlay or onlay is designed and created to fit perfectly in your filling. It can take up to two weeks for the filling to be completed, a temporary one is placed to protect the tooth. Once it is ready, you return for your second appointment. We check the filling for fit and color and cement it into place.

There are several benefits to inlays and onlays.

•  They provide strength to the affected tooth, rather than weakening or otherwise compromising it.
•  They are a more affordable, less invasive option than dental crowns.
•  Less drilling is required, preserving more of your natural tooth structure.
•  Because they are created outside of the tooth, they will not shrink when placed inside the cavity, unlike traditional fillings do when cured.
•  Porcelain perfectly matches the color your natural teeth.
•  Porcelain contains no metal or mercury like amalgam fillings. It is also not vulnerable to temperature fluctuations.

Placing Inlays and Onlays

If you have a cavity in the chewing surface of your molar, an inlay or an onlay may be right for you. Call Johnson Family Dental today to learn more and schedule your consultation at (509) 886-8833.

Welcome to Our Practice!

Call (509) 886-8833 or stop by to begin your journey to optimal oral health. Dr. Kevin Johnson offers family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for patients of all ages. We serve East Wenatchee, Wenatchee, Cashmere, Waterville, Leavenworth, Quincy and the surrounding communities, and we look forward to giving you something to smile about.

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