Dental Inlays & Onlays
What Is A Dental Inlay?
A dental inlay is a pre-moulded fitted piece made from composite porcelain to fill in severe tooth damage from decay or injury.
An inlay will cover and fill in pits and fissures of the chewing surface of your teeth.
Inlays are to fill in cavities or damage that is too large for a regular filling. It is a custom-designed piece known as an indirect restoration. These are more expensive than regular fillings. However, they are cemented into place with dental cement and are intended to be permanent.
What Is A Dental Onlay?
Dental Onlays will involve more than one cusp of the tooth and cover more surface area. Onlays are much larger compared to inlays and covers one or more edges of the tooth. Onlays can at times be used to recover half of a damaged tooth
What Are Inlays & Onlays Used For?
Onlays are used to treat damage even greater than that. Severe damage to the tooth from decay or injury.
Both of these pieces are intended to be permanent and are sealed into place with dental cement.
Am I Suitable To Get This Treatment?
Getting an inlay or onlay is for serious damage that has been caused by decay or injury. Inlays and Onlays can recover large portions of missing and damaged teeth. This can restore a smile and can increase self-confidence.
By restoring pieces of a broken tooth with inlays and onlays it means that you won’t have to have the tooth pulled out, or to allow it to begin to decay further.
What is the treatment process of Inlays & Onlays?
The pros of saving a tooth stand for themselves, additional reasons why you should consider an inlay or onlay are:
- Can restore larger pieces of broken or decayed teeth that fillings can’t
- Outlays can restore up to half of a damaged tooth
- Prevents required a tooth being pulled out
Inlays fit within the chewing surface and recover small pieces of surface area. These are larger than fillings but not as large as onlays are.
Onlays are larger, custom pieces specially fitted to recover large portions of surface area. Onlays will typically cover one or more edges of a tooth, restoring significant portions of a tooth.
Crowns completely encapsulate the tooth, protecting it and sealing it off entirely to protect it from any exposure. Preventing any spread of further decay, as well as relieving any pain or discomfort caused by sensitive teeth.
Inlays and Onlays are designed to recover and fill in larger portions of the tooth than a regular filling can. These kinds of fillings are known as indirect restorations, meaning that they are made externally to fit into the portion of the tooth being filled in.
The only alternative to relieving the discomfort from the kind of substantial damage these procedures are intended for would be to have the tooth extracted. Tooth extraction can be a painful process and will leave you permanently with a missing tooth.