Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are pre-formed fillings made from tooth-colored material. Whether you receive an inlay or an onlay depends upon the amount of tooth structure you have lost due to a cavity or trauma. An inlay fits within the grooves of your teeth between its cusps, while an onlay generally replaces the cusps, or highest points, of your teeth as well. Both of these restorations fit snugly within your tooth, where they are bonded in place. Because we use tooth-colored materials, your inlays and onlays look seamless within your smile.
A dental filling replaces tooth structure that has been removed because of decay. Traditionally, many dental fillings were made from silver amalgam, a type of metal. Dr. Cooley and Dr. Vick place only tooth-colored fillings because of their exceptional durability and customizable colors that blend with your natural teeth. In addition to placing tooth-colored fillings, they can remove your old amalgam fillings, clean your teeth thoroughly, and replace them with new, tooth-colored fillings.