For many years beautiful smiles have been compromised by the appearance of unsightly silver grey amalgam fillings. Inlays and onlays offer an effective, natural looking and conservative solution for restoring back teeth with decay.
Often when an amalgam filling is used, an extensive amount of the tooth’s natural structure needs to be removed during preparation. Inlays and onlays are strong and require a minimal amount of the tooth to be removed as they are precisely shaped to fit the tooth. This also significantly reduces the possibility of decay forming along the seam line where the tooth and inlay or onlay joins.
An inlay is placed within the indented area of a back tooth, which has only minimal decay. An onlay is used when a larger restoration is required and may cover one or several cusp tips – the peaks of back teeth.
The longevity of your inlay or onlay will depend on your at home oral care routine and attending regular checkup and cleaning appointments with the Forest Lake Dental team of. When properly cared for, your new restoration can last ten years or more.
The natural appearance of inlays and onlays has led to many people choosing to replace their existing amalgam fillings so they can recapture their white smile.
The Forest Lake Dental team are highly experienced in safely removing amalgam fillings and replacing them with an inlay or onlay. If you would like to know more about this procedure, schedule a consultation appointment with one of our dental team or discuss receiving and inlay or onlay at your next checkup appointment.