Comparing Inlays and Onlays with Dental Fillings
As varied rates of tooth decay exist which you may go through, varied types of treatments exist also, which will be suitable for catering to your unique requirements.
We shall formulate the most ideal treatment at Smile 4 Life Dental which will be the most appropriate for those requirements. One problem that you may be thinking of in regard to handling cavities and tooth decay is whether regular inlays and onlays or fillings are ideal for your dental care requirements.
The answer is that it is determined by the prevalence of tooth decay you are experiencing. At times, the section of the tooth which needs to be repaired is too big to be restored by a filling. Depending on the circumstances, your dentist might advise a conventional replacement like an inlay or an onlay.
- An inlay or onlay is similar to a filling created in the lab and is more conventional compared to a crown due to removal of less tooth structure.
- An inlay, that is the same as a filling is utilized inside the tooth’s cusp tips.
- An onlay presents huger repair which is the same as the inlay but spreading out to a single cusp of the tooth or more.
- Usually, for inlays and onlays, gold has been the material selection. But in the last few years, porcelain has become more and more famous because of its color and strength which can possibly suit your teeth’s color.
When a tooth’s chewing surface (75%) is in danger, a dental crown can avoid more problems like tooth loss or root canal.
How are they applied?
For inlays and onlays, a couple of appointments are needed to finalize the process. In the course of the initial visit, the filling that is being restored or the destroyed or decaying part of the tooth is removed. Then, the tooth is made ready for inlay or onlay.
To facilitate appropriate fit and bite, the tooth’s impression is obtained and sent for fabrication to a lab. After this, we apply a short-term sealant on the tooth and set the next appointment.
During the second appointment, the short-term sealant is removed. After this, we shall ensure that the fit of the inlay or outlay is appropriate. In case the fit is suitable, the inlay or onlay shall be fixed to the tooth using a powerful resin and polished to a level finish.