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Inlays & Onlays


Joyful white woman showing off her beautiful teeth with a smileFor those patients who have developed cavities, the easiest and most commonly used treatment is fillings. While there are many different types of restorative procedures that can return the oral cavity to a high degree of health, fillings are usually the first choice. Most patients have heard about fillings and know they are used to treat cavities. However, that is not the only oral health issue that fillings treat. They can also help with improper spacing of the patient’s teeth.

The two most common types of fillings are inlays and onlays. When the cavity is smaller, and considered minor by the dental practice, an inlay filling is recommended. When the cavity is significantly larger, and the damage extensive, an onlay filling is a way to go. The American Dental Association suggests when the damage goes beyond the cusp of the tooth, it is considered significant. Before any filling recommendation can occur, an assessment needs to be performed to determine the best treatment.

Patients dealing with acute pain from a specific tooth might have a cavity. They need to come to our office to be evaluated. We can then determine an appropriate type of treatment for their needs We can discuss the different types of fillings and what the best course of treatment would be for their situation.

The Lifespan of a Filling


The lifespan of any dental appliance is largely dependent upon what type of material they are made from. The first fillings were made from gold. In today’s world, fillings are still made from gold, although the most commonly found fillings are made of porcelain. The shift is due to the fact that porcelain fillings can be tinted to match the color of the patient’s teeth. This helps them to blend in better. Gold is still considered the most durable material for fillings. In some situations, gold fillings have fortified the damaged tooth by 75 percent. Due to that, they do not erode easily, fillings can last up to 30 years. When patients come to our office, we can evaluate their condition and make recommendations for treatment.

What is Better: Inlays, Onlays or Crowns?


While the most commonly offered treatment for cavities is fillings, there is another option available: having a crown placed. In order to properly place the crown, the surface of the tooth will need to be worn down to make room for it. This is to make sure there is enough room, once the crown is placed, for the patient’s natural biting motion. Crowns are more invasive and expensive than inlays or onlays.

When Do I Need Onlays and Inlays?


When a patient’s tooth is damaged either by disease, a cavity, or trauma, inlays and onlays can restore the tooth back to normal. It does not matter how badly damaged the tooth is, fillings can be the answer.

Patients who are interested in finding out more about inlays and onlays are welcome to come to our office. We are located here in Portland, OR. Our office can be reached at the following number: (971) 441-5520. Give us a call today.

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Portland, OR 97225-6119
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