Inlays and onlays are similar to partial crowns. To fit it to the tooth, the existing tooth must be used as a base. This helps strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and protect it from further damage.
The procedure of fitting an inlay or an onlay first involves removal of the decayed area of the tooth. A mold of the tooth is then created and sent to a dental lab where a porcelain, gold, or composite resin restoration is created. Since the preparation of the restoration usually takes a long time, a temporary inlay or onlay is placed on the tooth for the interim period. During your next dentist visit after the restoration mold is complete, the inlay or onlay will be fitted with cement. You won’t even be able to distinguish it from a natural tooth!
Dental inlays and onlays are composed of gold, composite, or porcelain materials and are primarily used in repairing partially damaged or decayed teeth. On the other hand, crowns are used for teeth that have suffered major damage. The primary purpose of dental inlays and onlays is salvaging the healthy portion of an injured tooth.
The center area of a tooth is chosen for a dental inlay, while a dental onlay is placed on the inside and outside areas, or points, of a tooth. They are also referred to as indirect fillings or partial crowns and are also a less expensive treatment option than full crowns.
While dental inlay or onlay placement are considered safe options, there might be potential risks and complications involved. Speak to your dentist for more information.
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