Inlays and Onlays

Inlays, onlays, fillings, and crowns are used to fill cavities and restore structure to the teeth. Our highly trained dentist near you provides an array of lasting restorations to restore teeth, including dental fillings, bridges, crowns, implants, and inlays and onlays in Redding, CA.

If you are suffering from dental cavities, schedule an appointment with our dentist at Riverbend Family Dental Care today.

Fillings vs. Inlays: Which Is Right for You?

Dr. Stratton uses inlays for larger cavities and fillings for smaller ones. Both fillings and inlays involve drilling out decayed material and sealing the gap. The difference is that fillings are made of composite resin or amalgam, while inlays are solid, prefabricated restorations that promise superior durability and chip resistance.

Inlays are also less prone to contracting and less likely to result in a gap between the restoration and surrounding tooth structure.

Benefits of Onlays

Onlays are smaller and less expensive than crowns. They cover the area between the cusps and cover the cusps as well. On the other hand, a crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth, including the chewing surface. Dr. Stratton will desensitize the site, drill out the decayed material, and fasten the onlay onto the tooth surface. Compared to crowns, the placement of onlays requires considerable skill.

Our experienced dentist in Redding, CA, will make a choice between fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns based on the cavity’s size and depth.

Inlays and Onlays at Riverbend Family Dental Care

Inlays and onlays are known as ‘indirect restorations,’ which means that they are prefabricated in a dental lab before the dentist places them in the oral cavity. They are associated with several benefits:

  • They are chip and stain-resistant
  • They are more durable than simple fillings and less prone to wear and tear
  • They are custom-made to match the natural color, shape, and size of your dentition

Inlays and onlays near you are made from composite materials, ceramic (porcelain), or gold. Porcelain inlays and onlays at the Riverbend Family Dental Care are long-lasting and mimic the translucent color of natural teeth.

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