What are Inlays and Onlays?
There are varying degrees of tooth damage, and dentists have numerous treatments to help alleviate their effects. While the most damage would require a crown, and the least would need a filling, there are situations in between where your dentist would recommend placing an inlay or onlay over the damaged tooth.
Inlays and Onlays are known as indirect fillings, contrasting from ‘direct’ fillings because they are produced before they are placed over the tooth, often in a dental lab outside your dentist’s office. On the other hand, a direct filling involves a single dentist visit in which the patient directly receives the filling.
While both are still classified as fillings, the central difference between them and a crown filling is that they do not require your tooth to be physically reshaped in order to fit them. Instead, they replace the damaged portion of the tooth once it is removed.
The Difference Between Inlays and Onlays
The essential difference between an Onlay and an Inlay are where they are placed on the tooth. An Onlay usually covers the outer parts of a tooth, particularly the little points, or cusps, that you find among your back teeth. An Inlay covers the inside of the tooth, between the cusps, usually at the point where the tooth shifts inward.
Benefits in Getting an Inlay or Onlay
Durability: With proper care, your inlay or onlay can last for over thirty years, which is longer than most other fillings available.
Less Invasive: The procedure in placing your inlay or onlay involves little to none of your tooth being drilled and ground in order to reshape them. Only the decayed or damaged portions of your tooth will be removed.
Fits Like Natural: As each inlay or onlay filling is produced in a dental lab prior to be installed, the means their created to fit the precise dimensions of your tooth.
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