Plaza of Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. Joseph Goodman, D.D.S D.M.D.
Inlays and Onlays are one of Dr. Goodman’s cosmetic specialties. When it comes to treating decay there are many options:
There are many options of what this material of choice can be, and the options are too numerous to list all of them. As a general guideline you can choose:
A) Gold Inlay (in back upper teeth): can last decades, barely visible.
B) Porcelain Inlay (tooth colored): can last a long time, very biocompatible and strong, looks beautiful.
C) Special Reinforced Resin (tooth colored fillings): very strong and durable and flexible to pressure from chewing and grinding.
D) Hybrids (a combination of porcelain and resin fillings in one): there is an advantage to combining the positive physical properties of both into one filling.
In any case, the outcome of lab fabricated restorations is a more precise and more accurate restoration than with a resin filling done in one visit. The outcome is a perfectly contoured, beautiful, strong, and long-lasting restoration. An onlay is a bigger version of an inlay; when the decay is too big, an onlay can be suitable. If there is decay all over the tooth, a crown (cap) will be the best option.