What Are Inlays?
Inlays are similar to fillings, except they are custom-made to fit precisely within the cusps (points bordering the biting surface) of the tooth. Inlays are used to repair damage to the biting surface of a tooth. Unlike fillings, which take up the entire space of the cavity, inlays are much smaller.
Who Would Need Inlays?
Inlays can be a great option for patients who may not be good candidates for other options, such as conventional fillings. These types of restorations are typically used for teeth that have mild to moderate decay but can also be used to replace old fillings that have become worn over time.
Advantages of Inlays
Inlays, or indirect fillings, are a conservative treatment, meaning, only a small amount of tooth structure is removed. They are also very aesthetic, as your dentist will be able to match the color of the filling to the surrounding teeth.
What Are Onlays?
Onlays are larger restorations than inlays and are used to repair extensive decay or structural damage in back teeth. An onlay can extend to one or more cusps of the tooth.
When Would I Need an Onlay?
Onlays can conservatively repair teeth that have large faulty fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. They are recommended for the following conditions:
- Broken or decayed teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
What Are the Benefits of Onlays?
Onlays are similar to inlays, but they are larger. Onlays cover one or more cusps, or points, of a damaged tooth. Onlays are also called indirect fillings. They are made in a dental lab and then bonded into place by the dentist. Onlays are sometimes called partial crowns.
If you are suffering from decay or infection, onlays restore your tooth to full function and appearance. Onlays are durable and long-lasting, and they preserve the healthy portions of your damaged teeth.
Benefits of Porcelain Onlays
- Looks natural
- Preserves more tooth structure
- Prevents future decay
- Provides a comfortable fit
How to Care For Porcelain Onlays
At the conclusion of your treatment, we will give you aftercare instructions. Good oral hygiene practices, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will assist in the life of your new onlay.
Schedule a consultation with our team by calling the Infinity Dental office or by contacting us online to know more about inlays and onlays. We would be happy to help.