Teeth Fillings: Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and Onlays are similar to regular dental fillings, but they are typically made from stronger materials like porcelain, composite resin, or gold. Inlays are used to repair damage to the cusps or top surfaces of a tooth, while Onlays are used to cover one or more cusps or the entire biting surface of a tooth.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
One of the main benefits of Inlays and Onlays is their durability. They are more resistant to wear and tear and can last longer than traditional fillings. Additionally, they are custom-made to fit your tooth precisely, which helps to ensure a comfortable fit and reduce the risk of future decay. Inlays and Onlays can also be matched to the color of your natural teeth, providing a more seamless and aesthetically pleasing restoration.
The procedure for placing an Inlay or Onlay typically requires two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay or damage and taking an impression of the tooth. This impression will be used to create a custom-fitted Inlay or Onlay. In the meantime, a temporary filling will be placed on the tooth to protect it. During the second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary filling and place the Inlay or Onlay in the tooth, ensuring a comfortable fit and proper alignment.