You’ve probably heard the most about fillings, which are a type of dental restoration that removes decay and restores the structure of teeth with cavities. Inlays and onlays work similarly for varying types of damage.

At Evans Family Dental, we provide dental restorations that improve your overall health and blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth.

Fillings, Inlays, & Onlays:
What are the Differences?

In addition to fillings, inlays and onlays are made to bond to the surface of your teeth, restoring any decayed, broken, or worn-down portions. The main difference between these three restorations is size:

Fillings repair small to medium-sized cavities, while inlays and onlays are used to repair larger parts of tooth structure, like the chewing surfaces of your back teeth and molars.

Unfortunately, all three of these restorations used to be made with silver and other metals. Silver/metal fillings, inlays, and onlays don’t exactly blend in well with your teeth visually.

The Problem with Silver Fillings

Silver Fillings can leak and create stains on your teeth and gums.

Another huge drawback of silver fillings is they ultimately result in weaker tooth structure. The edges can wear over time, become loose, or break entirely. At Evans Family Dental, we can replace silver fillings with tooth-colored fillings.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Restorations

Tooth-colored restorations have several benefits. Composite resin inlays and onlays provide a tighter fit for your teeth, and they’ll hold up better over time. This is because the resin material contains fluoride, a mineral that actually helps prevent tooth decay.

Composite resin looks and feels like your natural teeth, and doesn’t need to be placed at the gumline, making it healthier for your gums. It also beautifully enhances your smile!

Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration

In just one appointment, our dentist can replace potentially harmful silver/metal fillings with tooth-colored restorations. This allows for better oral and overall health in the long-term. And at the end of the procedure, you’ll have a natural-looking restoration that restores the appearance and function of your tooth!

During Your Appointment:

  • We remove the old filling and any decay.
  • We will craft an impression of your teeth for the lab.
  • Your tooth will get a temporary onlay.
  • The lab will design your restoration.

Do You Need Fillings & Dental Restoration in Canonsburg, PA?

We provide tooth-colored restorations to give you a healthier, more beautiful smile! If you’re in need of a filling, contact us today to make an appointment.