Center For Cosmetic and Implant 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.