Almost everyone in the United States receives a traditional filling to repair a tooth damaged by decay. However, these traditional fillings are not the most effective treatment available. Instead of relying on the old, come see us at Westwood Dental Group in Westwood, MA to try something new. We offer high-quality inlays and onlays to protect your teeth better and keep your smile brilliant.
An inlay or onlay could be considered the more advanced cousin of the traditional filling. These are pieces of solid material that are inserted directly into a tooth that has experienced decay or damage. The purpose is to preserve the natural structure of the tooth while also protecting against infection or future decay.
Inlays and onlays sit differently on top of the tooth. While both possess an internal component, the inlay is only just visible along the top of the tooth, while an onlay can encompass a portion or the entirety of the cusp. Our dentist will examine your tooth and determine which one you need to preserve your health and the entire dental structure.
Dental technology has advanced significantly in the last century. Traditional inlays and onlays were made of precious metals like amalgam (silver) or gold. These materials are durable and long-lasting, but are also expensive and do not provide the best protection against future infection. Most dental offices, including Westwood Dental Group, instead use options like composite resin and porcelain.
Composite resin and porcelain are inexpensive alternatives to precious materials. While they need replacement more frequently than silver or gold, the material forms a tight seal in the tooth to defend against further damage. Composite resin and porcelain also have the benefit of being shaded to match the teeth, so no one will be able to tell you ever had cavities or damage to your smile.
At Westwood Dental Group in Westwood, MA, we can provide new inlays and onlays or replace an old one. We can also remove traditional fillings and provide a new inlay or onlay to protect your tooth better. The simplest way to receive treatment is to schedule an appointment for an exam and mention your concerns and desires to our office staff.