Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are used to repair damage to the biting surfaces of an affected tooth. A treatment with inlays or onlays will solve the problem caused by the decay or fracture, so that your tooth will have its strength and healthy appearance once more.
How Can Inlays and Onlays Improve my Teeth?
An inlay is used to repair the biting surface of an affected tooth; this surface is found on the top part of the tooth where indentations can be seen, and is the surface that comes into contact when biting into food. The damaged portion is repaired by the inlay, which is indirectly placed on the biting surface to restore the tooth’s normal form and function.
An onlay, on the other hand, can be used when your tooth’s biting surface is more extensively damaged than an inlay can deal with – when more than one biting surface needs to be repaired. Onlays can prevent the decayed or damaged part of your tooth from getting bigger, so you can avoid dealing with a more complicated dental problem such as root canal treatment.
Inlays and onlays work on improving the appearance of damaged teeth with the removal of the decayed parts, and then replacing these portions with a material that very closely resembles the appearance of your natural teeth such as porcelain. Once the decayed tooth parts are removed – and the cavity or holes filled up – your smile will again be healthy-looking and attractive.
What Benefits Can I Get from of Inlays and Onlays?
- Less tooth structure is removed for preparation for inlays and onlays, so most of the healthy tooth structure is preserved. You do not have to worry about disturbing and removing parts of your tooth that are healthy.
- Inlays and onlays bring back the healthy appearance of your smile. The damaged portions of your teeth, which are very unsightly, will be removed; inlays and onlays will then be used to restore the tooth’s form and function. As the inlays and onlays use tooth-coloured material, the restoration will look like a very natural part of your smile (unlike very obvious-looking silver amalgam fillings).
- Teeth that are restored with tooth-coloured inlays and onlays are less prone to sensitivity, unlike those that have silver amalgam fillings. The original strength of the affected tooth can also be restored and in some cases, even improved, with these restorations.
- You can expect the inlays and onlays to last for a very long time, especially if you practice good oral hygiene and go to the dentist regularly for checkups. You can enjoy your natural-looking, healthy smiles for a long period of time!