When more than one third of a tooth’s biting surface is damaged, an inlay or onlay can be an alternative to a full crown. This approach is usually preferable because it preserves more of the natural tooth structure and matches its color better. Inlays and onlays are solid pieces, often made from porcelain, that strengthen the teeth they are bonded to. Inlays are slightly smaller than onlays, replacing only the areas in between the cusps of the tooth, while onlays replace at least one cusp, as well. Our inlays and onlays are created at an off-site dental lab, but will be bonded in place at our office.
When it comes to Dental inlays and onlays, there are different types available. You can choose from gold, porcelain, or composite materials as they’re molded to repair damaged or decayed teeth. We use dental inlays and onlays for teeth restoration when you don’t qualify for a dental crowns and your tooth is too damaged for a filling. By saving the healthy part of the teeth, dental inlays and onlays provide stronger, more stable teeth.
Dental inlays are installed in the center of the tooth while dental onlays are installed on almost all surface areas of a tooth. Dental inlays and onlays are also known as partial crowns and indirect fillings. When compared to full crowns, they are typically a less-expensive option.
As mentioned before, there are different types of dental inlays and onlays. Composite materials are made up of acrylics and ground glass-like materials. These tend to be more cosmetically comfortable when compared to metals as they don’t discolor the teeth by matching. Metal materials are normally made with gold. We place these on rear teeth, such as molars, because metal is more durable and strong. Porcelain dental inlays and onlays are currently popular as they are the most consistent when it comes to matching the color of other teeth.
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