Dentist in Alpharetta
Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and overlays are used as alternatives to normal amalgam fillings. They are used where a regular filling would weaken the structure of the tooth. Usually made from molds, these fillings can be far more durable and form fitting, sometimes so much so that further decay is nearly impossible, than regular fillings can be as well.
An inlay is form fitted to the grooves in the tooth and molded to resemble the original tooth itself. Onlays, as the name suggests, cover a portion of the affected tooth. They are similar to inlays except for the fact that they cover the cusp of the tooth as well. A crown is a full tooth overlay.
What are the costs of getting Inlays and Onlays?
The costs of getting inlays or overlays will depend on the dentist performing the procedure as well as your location. The cost will also depend on the material the patient chooses to have their inlays or overlays made from. On average, inlays and onlays cost ten times what an amalgam filling would cost. A patient can expect to pay between $250 and $1500 per tooth for an inlay and between $350 and $1500 for an overlay.
What are the benefits of Inlays and Onlays?
There are many benefits to inlays and onlays that make them superior to amalgam fillings. First and foremost, inlays and overlays are form fitted to the tooth so that it is virtually impossible for further decay to occur. Secondly, this form fitting means that they will not loosen and fall out as amalgam fillings may do on occasion. They are easy to clean and extremely stable and, because of recent advances in CAD software, it may be possible to have them manufactured and fitted the same day.
What are the risks involved with Inlays and Onlays?
There are actually very few drawbacks to getting either an inlay or an onlay. This is because the ceramic or gold used to make the inlays or onlays will not dissolve into the body. The main risks involved with getting an inlay or onlay lie in possible metal allergies, increased sensitivity to hot or cold with metal or with the wearing down of abutting teeth. You should consult your dentist with any questions you may have if you have metal allergies.