Dental Inlays and Onlays are defined as the restorations used to repair decayed teeth (mild to moderate), which are cracked and fractured but not wholly damaged. An Inlay is mostly constructed from gold, porcelain, or other metal and then cemented into the prepared cavity of the tooth to give a natural look. An Inlay covers one or more cusp and adjoining occlusal surface of the tooth. Traditionally, Inlays were used instead of dental fillings to replace a small amount of decayed tooth loss. Like fillings, Inlays fit inside the tooth and were made only of gold. The candidates having too much damage in the tooth structure used to get their teeth filling. Still, for the patients who have sufficient healthy teeth remaining, it allows the dentist to conserve the patient’s original tooth structure.
Both Inlays and Onlays can be alternately termed as ‘indirect’ fillings because they are created by the dentist outside the mouth and then bonded to the tooth. This process is just the opposite of ‘direct’ filling, which is applied directly to the cavity in a single office visit.
Why choose Inlays and Onlays over metal fillings?
- Inlays and Onlays are durable and last up to 30 years as they are made from sturdy, hard-wearing materials.
- They are designed to strengthen teeth up to 75%, while in contrast, the traditional metal fillings decrease the strength of the teeth by up to 50%.
- Inlays and Onlays help in preventing the need for more dental treatment in the future.
- Dental inlays and Onlays are done to replace the old fillings for better longevity.
What Is The Procedure Of Inlays and Onlays?
It is our primary aim to keep the natural tooth structure as possible; Inlays and Onlays are recommended for tooth restoration instead of crowns. In the first step, the dental professional makes sure about numbing the tooth and surrounding area with a local anesthetic and then removes the decay. This process is performed to deal with the decayed tooth, which may augment the level of infection.
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