Considerations for Inlays & Onlays at Simpson Dental Associates

When more than half of a tooth’s biting surface is damaged, the dentist will often recommend an dental inlay or onlay. Traditional fillings often reduce the strength of a natural tooth by as much as 50 percent. Bonding an inlay or onlay onto the tooth can actually increase the strength of a damaged tooth by up to 75 percent. Inlays and onlays provide results that last. The inlay and onlay solutions provided at Simpson Dental Associates provide a very good alternative when tooth damage is not extensive enough to merit an entire crown.

Change Fillings from Stained to Stunning in Charleston, WV

The solution to metal-colored fillings, or plastic fillings that wear and stain, is ceramic or porcelain inlays and onlays. This durable material is designed to look just like a natural tooth. Once cemented, these cannot be distinguished from one’s natural teeth. Your dental onlay or inlay change fillings from stained to stunning in Charleston, West Virginia. Simpson Dental Associates custom makes inlays and onlays to fit your tooth precisely, replacing the portion that is decayed or damaged.

Do You Need an Inlay or an Onlay?

While inlays and onlays serve the same overall purpose in restoring teeth that are damaged, they are used in slightly different cases. If the tooth damage is entirely contained on the chewing surface of the tooth, without affecting the cusps (the pointed parts of the tooth), our dentists will recommend an inlay. If, on the other hand, one or more of the tooth cusps is also damaged, an onlay is used for the most effective restoration. Drs. Mark and Christen Simpson will make certain you receive the restoration you need for a healthier, stronger smile.

Discover More About Simpson Dental’s Inlay/Onlay Procedure

How are inlays and onlays applied? We use CEREC® technology at Simpson Dental Associates. This makes it possible to replace metal or plastic fillings with a crown, inlay, or onlay in about one hour. An optical 3-D image of the tooth is acquired with a small camera, and then the restoration is created on the computer using the image data. This technology ensures that your crown, inlay, or onlay is custom designed specifically for you! Our technology and in-house dental lab provides quality results in less time than most other dental providers, where multiple visits may be needed to properly restore a damaged tooth.

To consult with our dental experts about the advantages of CEREC technology and get answers to your specific concerns about inlays, onlays, or any of our cosmetic dentistry services in Charleston, West Virginia, contact us to schedule your appointment today at Simpson Dental Associates!