dental inlays huntersville

Dental Inlays vs Fillings

When should you choose dental inlays vs fillings to resolve dental health issues related to cavities? Opting for the inlay option rather than fillings allows you to have better coverage for larger tooth surface area. Inlays usually go between the pointed parts of a tooth (cusps) on the chewing surface and are slightly bigger than a filling. Inlays are best used for bigger areas of decay in the back of the mouth, as those molars have a large chewing surface and get a lot of wear and tear. While large fillings can weaken a tooth, an inlay provides more structure and durability.

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Pros of inlays

Dentists consider inlays to be the most durable kind of filling, lasting 20-30 years, which is a great option for anyone who wants to avoid more frequent replacements. In comparison, silver (amalgam) fillings need to be replaced every 10-15 years and composite resin fillings, while attractive, may need to be replaced every five to seven years.  Additionally, choosing an inlay can offer a good alternative to a crown, which is more expensive and harder to clean.

Things to consider

When choosing an inlay to keep in mind that they are more expensive than other fillings, as they’re made of a combination of gold, copper, and other metals. Inlays also take more than one office visit to install, as they’re based on impressions of the tooth and need to be manufactured at a laboratory. However, they are definitely a better option overall when considering tooth protection and good oral health overall.

Be sure to discuss all the options and pricing with Dr. Anthony Marra of Huntersville Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Our staff can help you decide which filling is right for you, based on your oral health and your level of affordability. Remember, regular visits to our office can help decrease your odds of cavities and other dental issues, so be sure to schedule your cleanings, brush your teeth twice a day and floss.

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