Tumut Dental Clinic

What is the difference between composite fillings and inlays and onlays?

At Tumut Dental Clinic, we offer a few dental filling types to close tooth cavities or fractures. These options include composite fillings and ceramic inlays and onlays.

Composite tooth fillings are made of tooth-coloured or white materials. This same composite material can also bond your teeth, which means your dentist in Tumut spreads the resin across a flawed tooth or teeth to conceal chips, cracks, shape issues, discolouration or small gaps between teeth. He uses a special light to set the composite and then polishes the tooth. This is a practical and inexpensive way to alter the appearance of your teeth cosmetically. Often, dental bonding requires only a single visit.

Inlay and onlays, made of ceramic go over specific parts of a tooth to close a cavity or crack. An inlay goes between the cusps of your teeth. An onlay, on the other hand, typically goes over the cusps of your teeth.

If you have a cavity, your dentist will go over your options with you and make recommendations based on exam findings.

If you suspect a tooth cavity, would like more information on dental bonding, or if you’re considering replacing your silver fillings with composite fillings, we welcome your call.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.