Everything You Need to Know about Inlays and Onlays from Your Livonia Dentist

When it comes to addressing cavities, most people think fillings are their only option. Many are unaware that our Livonia dentist offers a stronger variety of fillings that is more conservative than porcelain crowns.  Our Livonia dentist, Dr. James Stewart will explain everything you need to know about these strong dental restorations.

What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are two different varieties of porcelain fillings. Inlays act much like fillings by replacing the void left by tooth decay. Onlays are larger versions of inlays that not only fill the cavity but also lay over the broken or damaged cusp of a tooth. Both of these dental restorations are made from ceramics, a more durable, longer lasting material than that of composite resin fillings.

What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?

Unlike composite resin, ceramic inlays and onlays are made in professional dental labs to exact specifications. These ceramic restorations are made to blend seamlessly with the shape and coloration of the tooth.

One of the most notable benefits of inlays and onlays is tooth conservation. These restorations combine the strength of porcelain crowns with the minimally invasive methods of composite resin fillings. Our Livonia dentist can prepare your tooth using the most conservative measures possible to save natural tooth structure and ultimately preserve tooth strength.

Who can benefit from inlays and onlays?

Almost anyone is a great candidate for inlays and onlays. Patients with bruxism (chronic teeth grinding), or TMJ disorder (issues with jaw pain) can benefit from the durability of the fillings against teeth clenching and extreme pressure.

Restorative Dentistry in Livonia

If you have tooth decay, our Livonia dentist, Dr. Stewart can help you determine the right restorative dentistry method for your situation. You can schedule a dental checkup by calling our Livonia dental office at (734) 425-4400. We serve patients from Novi, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Dearborn, and the surrounding areas.