What Are Dental Inlays?

Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Draper & Nearby Utah

Posted: April 27, 2016
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A West Jordan woman enjoys the benefits of her dental inlaysDental inlays and onlays are popular alternatives to crowns and fillings for patients with certain types of oral structural damage. If you are considering inlays in the West Jordan area, Dr. Kieth Warr can help you determine if they are appropriate for your unique situation.

Ideal candidates for dental inlays and onlays suffer from severe tooth decay but still have enough healthy tooth to avoid the need for a porcelain crown.  Following your oral evaluation, Dr. Warr will provide lab-fabricated, pressed porcelain inlays or onlays to restore your smile while ensuring your results are beautiful and natural-looking.

In addition to the preservation of more of your additional tooth structure, other benefits of inlays and onlays include:   

  • Natural appearance: The metal-free design improves the appearance of your smile and most people won’t be able to tell that you’ve had work done.
     
  • Prolonged tooth life: Inlays can prevent the need for additional tooth repair in the future.
     
  • Increased tooth strength: While traditional fillings can actually reduce your tooth’s integrity by 50 percent, inlays can strengthen teeth up to 75 percent.
     
  • Durability: Inlays are crafted from hard-wearing materials that can last up to 30 years.

If you are experiencing serious tooth decay, dental inlays and onlays may be an ideal alternative to fillings or crowns. If you live in the West Jordan area, contact our Salt Lake City office by completing the form on this page or calling (801) 216-3713. We welcome patients from Midvale, South Jordan and throughout Utah.

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