What are indirect fillings?

Indirect dental fillings are like composite dental fillings, but they are constructed in a dental laboratory and require two visits to be placed. Indirect dental fillings, which include inlays and onlays, are used when there is not enough tooth structure to support a dental filling, but the tooth is not damaged enough to need a dental crown. Dr. Lockwood is proud to provide inlays and onlays in Kenai, Alaska.

What are dental inlays and onlays?

Dental inlays are like dental fillings, except the work lies entirely in the bumps of the chewing surface of the tooth. Dental onlays are used when more extensive work is needed. Dental onlays cover one or more of the cusps, or bumps, of the chewing surface of the tooth and they are sometimes called partial crowns.

How are dental inlays and onlays placed?

To place an indirect dental filling, our dentists will first remove the decay or old dental filling from the tooth. Impressions are taken of the tooth and those around it so that the dental inlay or onlay can be constructed. Our dentists will place a temporary filling to protect your tooth. When the indirect filling is complete, our dentist will remove the temporary filling and permanently cement the inlay or onlay in place.

Feel free to contact Kenai Dental Clinic today to learn more and to schedule a visit.