At Expressions DentalTM Clinic, we offer cosmetic options to create the aesthetic smile you want! Dental inlays and onlays is one of our services that can help you protect your teeth while improving your smile.
What are Porcelain Inlays and Onlays?
Porcelain inlays and onlays are the types of restorations that repair moderately decayed rear teeth or cracked and fractured teeth, which are less damaged and do not need a crown. Inlays and Onlays are custom-created for you by taking an impression of your prepared tooth and utilizing it as a blueprint for your new restorations. It allows our general dentist to conserve more of the patient’s original tooth structure.
What is the actual difference between Dental Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay is basically a dental restoration where the material is connected in the center of your tooth and fits snugly inside in the grooves of your teeth. It covers the cusps and contours of your tooth that are smaller compared to onlays and dental crowns.
An onlay is used when there is considerable damage and covers one or more tips of your cusps. As this restoration covers more of your tooth, it does not protect the whole chewing surface of your tooth, like a dental crown does.
How can inlays and onlays be beneficial?
There are certain benefits of dental inlay and onlay restorations, such as:
Structural safeguard: Porcelain Inlays and onlays preserve healthy teeth while repairing decayed and damaged areas.
Easy to maintain: Onlays and inlays are tailored to fit your particular tooth, making it easier to brush and floss than with full-coverage restorations.
Better fit: There conservative preparations means that inlays and onlays preserve as much of your healthy tooth as possible. If the tooth decay is mild to moderate, and decay that expands in between your teeth, such restorations are ideal options to full-coverage crowns.
Natural Appearance: They are of the same color as your natural teeth. These restorations are less likely to stain with age.
What are the things one needs to know about Inlays and onlays?
As is the case with most dental procedures, there are certain things one needs to know before choosing inlays and onlays as a restoration. First is they can be costlier because a dental lab is generally required to fabricate these restorations. Since these restorations are ”custom-made” to each tooth by a dental lab, a second appointment will be required to bond them to your teeth, therefore, needing more time at your dentist’s office.