Inlays and Onlays

Good oral hygiene maintains your overall physical and emotional health. Your oral health plays a big part in your appearance, nutrition, speech, and relationships with other people. Good dental hygiene can help you avoid major dental diseases such as gum disease and tooth decay. You can practice good oral health by visiting your Tarpon Springs, FL, dentist and maintaining good habits at home.

Neglecting your teeth can lead to tooth decay, a disease caused by the accumulation of bacteria on your teeth—a small hole known as a cavity forms and grows deep into your tooth structure if left unattended.

You ought to visit your dentist at Tarpon Springs once you show any signs of tooth decay. There are often three ways of treating dental cavities: fillings, dental inlays, onlays, or dental crowns. Inlays and onlays are made to get rid of any dental cavities.

You can get effective dental treatment from our best dentist, Dr. Seema Amin, at Tarpon Dental. She carries years of experience and dental excellence in offering personalized dental care to her patients and providing solutions to their dental needs. Our dentist will give you high-quality cosmetic dentistry services and ensure that your tooth structure returns to its normal state.

Understanding Dental Inlays and Onlays


Dental inlays are a form of restorative dentistry that helps fix a dental cavity. We give our patients high-quality, custom-made pieces of material to replace broken or missing teeth. Inlays in our Tarpon Springs, FL, dental office come in two varieties.

Direct inlays are the most common, requiring little effort to install. Their surfaces are etched to match the shape of your enamel, enabling it to stick when bonded with dental cement or adhesive.

Indirect inlays need extra material to provide support for your damaged tooth. They are used when your teeth are too damaged for a direct inlay to fit.


Dental onlays are much like inlays, only that they are bigger and made differently. Onlays are designed to cover a larger portion of your sick tooth than inlays. They are used to repair the damaged or missing cusps of your teeth.

Dental onlays are also referred to as partial crowns since they can cover almost 75% of your damaged tooth. The dentist at Tarpon Dental will use onlays when the cavity is too big for inlays or fillings. Dental onlays are less invasive than dental crowns since they cover a small part of your damaged tooth. Dental crowns cover more tooth structure and can even replace missing teeth. They also require more complex procedures, such as dental surgery or root canals, to last longer.

Dental onlays provide better protection over a period than dental crowns.

What Are Inlays and Onlays Made Of?

Our dental implants are made in three materials that are gold, ceramic, and composite materials. The three materials are used depending on the size of your dental cavity and your preference.

In cosmetic dentistry, the use of golden inlays and onlays has been reduced recently for aesthetic reasons. Doctors use gold for their dental implants because of their strength and durability. Gold dental implants are stain-resistant and do not fracture easily. They are therefore more expensive than all the other materials.

Ceramic dental implants used in cosmetic dentistry are made of porcelain. The material can blend in with the color and fit the shape of natural teeth. Ceramic inlays and onlays are strong and durable but weaker than gold. On the bright side, porcelain is stain-resistant and efficient in performing its functions. There is a high risk of fracture when using ceramic dental implants.

Composite inlays and onlays are used for large dental cavities. They are strong but less malleable and more prone to stains than ceramic and gold dental implants.

Advantages of Inlays and Onlays

Our dental implants are durable and tailored to match your teeth well. It only takes proper dental care and good oral hygiene for your inlays and onlays to last a very long time. These dental implants have several benefits including:

  • More conservative restoration than dental crowns. More tooth structure is retained during the procedure.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Strong and durable materials.
  • Stable and do not expand easily.
  • Blend in easily with the neighboring teeth.
  • Stain-resistant.

The dental implants at our dental office in Tarpon Springs, FL, effectively protect against tooth decay. Our cosmetic dentistry services are custom-made, ensuring that each patient receives personalized dental care. If you have any more questions, contact us today for a free consultation.

Contact Our Family Dentist in Tarpon Springs, FL for Comprehensive Dentistry Services

Tarpon Dental is a certified dental clinic that offers comprehensive dentistry services in cosmetic, restorative, family dentistry, and general dentistry. Your dental needs are our top priority, and we are guaranteed to give you high-quality dental care.

We offer our dental services across Tarpon Springs, FL, and its nearby areas, including Holiday, Trinity, Palm Harbor, New Richey, Odessa, and Oldsmar. For more information on what we do, call us today at (727) 937-4285 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Seema Amin, or visit our website to book an appointment.