Inlays & Onlays
If you are familiar with fillings or crowns, then you have likely heard of a dental inlay or onlay. If you have not heard of an inlay or onlay, then you should know that it makes a great alternative to keep teeth protected. An inlay or onlay is what a dentist usually incorporates when they need the perfect fit, which is what you will get after contacting Greenway Family Dental.
Are Inlays And Onlays Different?
Inlays act as a filling and keep areas hollow around the cusp. The onlay will do more than this and will be able to cover more area that goes beyond your tooth cusps.The inlay or onlay can be seen as a crown although the tooth's entire area is not covered.
The material used for both inlays and onlays is the same and their function is identical. However, the difference lies in the amount of tooth they cover. The amount of coverage will also determine the amount of protection they offer the tooth.
What Exactly Are Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay is created to lay on top of the tooth that is used to chew. It is this chewing area that gets damaged and has a cavity form due to decay. The inlay is made from an imprint of the tooth and is then fabricated in a dental lab.
Having an inlay makes a perfect fit of the tooth's hollow middle without having an effect on the tooth cusp. As the impression is made, the dentist will also try to match the tooth color. This will allow them to be unnoticeable as soon as they are set.
The material used for an inlay or onlay consists of either composite or porcelain because of their strength and durability. Because of this material, the inlay or onlay will be cost more, however, it will last a lot longer.
With an onlay, their use is for restoring the cusp from damage sustained from decay and also the surface of the tooth. The onlay will be utilized if a big cavity is present and is not able to be completely filled with a traditional filling, or if there is a danger of cracking.
The onlay will help keep the tooth strong while providing the necessary protection. The tooth will be prepared by the dentist in the same way that they would with a filling. The dentist will set a temporary onlay on top of the cavity and the temporary is worn while the permanent is fabricated in the lab.
Once created, the permanent onlay is set. The onlay is then able to preserve the structure of the tooth as opposed to a crown which may need a bit of tooth removed first. The onlay is also created with porcelain and provides the much needed strength to last.
Get Your Inlay Or Onlay Today
Although there are similarities to an inlay and onlay, their purposes are quite different. Many dentists prefer them to other dental treatments just like we do here at Greenway Family Dental. Call (623) 500-6122 to schedule your consultation today!