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Inlays Versus Onlays

Posted on 2/21/2022 by Dr. David Wanserski
Inlays Versus OnlaysGetting restorations for your teeth has never been easier. Today, there are so many options for different kinds and sizes of restoration you may need, and among these are inlays and onlays. Even though they may not sound familiar, inlays and onlays are suitable for restoring that specific cavity size that may be too big for a dental filling or too small for a dental crown.

What are Inlays?

Inlays are dental prostheses that we use to fill an empty cavity in your tooth. We often use inlays to cover a space located between the cusps of a tooth. Inlays become very suitable when a dental filling will not suffice to fill a cavity. Inlay materials could be either metal or ceramic. Our professionals measure and shape the material to fit the space. Then we bond it into the cavity. Once sealed, you can use the tooth normally.

Dental Onlays

Onlays are also for filling empty cavities in a tooth. Our professionals use them when the cavity is large and extends beyond the top surface of a tooth. Onlays are perfect for a cavity that is too small for a crown. Onlay materials could be ceramic, composite resin, or gold (metal). Onlays are also molded to fit the space they need to fill and bonded into place during a procedure.

Receiving dental inlays and onlays may require two appointments with your dentists. You will have your cavity prepared and we take an impression of the space to create the mold. This is important because there has to be no loose spaces after we place the inlay or onlay. Once they are securely in place, inlays and onlays provide support for your teeth and restore their complete function. If you are considering a dental restoration, an inlay or onlay may just be right for you. Since we are always ready to help, contact us today to learn more.

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