Inlays Vs. Onlays

October 8, 2016

Inlays Vs. Onlays

Greetings, friends and family! Today we’re here to talk about the differences between inlays and onlays, when and why you would need either procedure done at LA Dental Town, and what materials are used to achieve a quality inlay and onlay.

Onlays and inlays are generally necessary when a filling either needs to be removed or replaced. Dental inlays and onlays can also be used as restorative measures to repair rear teeth that have undergone mild to moderate decay. Basically, these procedures are performed when cracked or fractured teeth haven’t experienced the damage significant enough to warrant a crown.

Conversely, the right candidate for an inlay or onlay typically experience too much decay in the tooth’s structure for a filling to be an effective measure. In addition, inlays and onlays give us the opportunity to preserve more of your original tooth structure.

Benefits of Onlays and Inlays

When compared to metal fillings, inlays and onlays have additional benefits. They’re very durable, made from biocompatible materials that will last up to 30 years. They can also aid
In straightening your teeth (up to 75%, actually), unlike old-fashioned metal fillings which are believed to reduce tooth strength (up to 50%). Inlays and onlays will extend the life of your tooth, while also acting as a preventative measure for dental treatment in the future.

Differences Between Onlays and Inlays

While an inlay effectively fills the space in between cusps (rounded edges of the tooth) at the tooth’s surface, the dental onlay covers one or more cusps or the entire biting surface of the tooth. Onlays cover so much ground on the tooth that they are often called “partial crowns”.

A dental inlay will fill cavities with material that looks just like your original tooth, as opposed to metal composite fillings. An onlay is actually created in a dental lab before it is fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth. Just remember, inlays deal with the tooth’s center or one, isolated area, while onlays involve the entire biting surface of one or more cusps of the tooth.

Onlays are typically made of either porcelain, gold, and resin. It generally will take two visits to complete the onlay procedure while an inlay can be performed in one visit.

Of course, if you are in need of replacing a traditional metal composite filling or suspect that you’re in need of an inlay or onlay, please contact La Dental Town today. We’ll get your teeth tip top again in no time.

Inlays Vs. Onlays
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