Inlays and onlays are fillings that restore moderate-to-severe tooth decay. Inlays are placed inside the cusp tips of the tooth, while onlays are larger and cover the cusp tips as well as one or more of the cusps of the tooth. They are crafted from porcelain or composite resin material and may be matched to the natural color of your teeth.
Inlays vs. Onlays
An inlay is similar to a filling. It fits into the groove of a tooth and is used to treat mild to moderate tooth decay. Inlays can be made from a variety of materials, including metals and porcelain. Inlays are considered a conservative treatment compared to a dental crown. Since less of the tooth needs to be altered, patients may experience less discomfort during the procedure.
The main difference between an inlay and an onlay is that an inlay is smaller and fits inside the tooth, while an onlay covers a larger portion of the tooth and extends over one or more cusps. Onlays are used to treat teeth that have been damaged by decay. They are also sometimes used to fix cracked teeth or teeth that have large fillings. However, some people choose to have both inlays and onlays placed at the same time.
Inlays & Onlays: A Better Fit for Teeth
Inlays and onlays are restorations that are custom-made for teeth. They are generally used to restore teeth that are damaged, decayed, or cracked. Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. They are made in a dental lab by a technician who works closely with the dentist.
While dental inlays and onlays can provide the same restorative benefits as dental crowns, they cover a smaller area, making them a more conservative treatment. Another benefit of inlays and onlays is that they are typically completed in just one dental visit. This keeps restoration time to a minimum.
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