If you’re looking for a way to repair tooth decay without getting fillings or crowns, talk with your dentist about getting dental inlays and onlays.
Inlays fit inside a tooth, while onlays fit over the top. Cosmetic dentists use both to repair rear teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of decay and to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured when the damage isn’t severe enough to require a crown.
Inlays can be made from porcelain or composite resin to match the color of your teeth. Cosmetic dentists frequently use them to replace old, dark metal fillings and give patients a better looking smile. They can also be made from gold.
Inlays usually require two dental visits. During the first visit, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth and apply a temporary inlay.
On the second visit, the dentist will replace the temporary inlay with a permanent one that a professional dental laboratory made from the impression.
Side effects from the procedure are generally mild, though you may experience some soreness or tenderness in the area immediately afterward. However, inlays and onlays don’t require downtime, so you can resume your normal activities right away!