What are Inlays and Onlays?
When you don’t quite need a crown and a filling is not necessary, dental inlays or onlays may be a valid option. They are typically used on teeth located in the back of the mouth. They can be used on teeth that have minor fractures, but teeth with more serious damage likely need a crown to fix them.
Types of Onlays and Inlays
Inlays and onlays come in two varieties, porcelain or resin. Occasionally, they are made in gold too. However, most tend to prefer porcelain or resin since they tend to look more like the natural teeth. Inlays and onlays are also used frequently for covering over unsightly fillings.
How do Inlays and Onlays work?
These dental products are bonded onto the teeth, and placed around the cusps. Onlays can cover a single cusp, or they can cover several of them. Inlays are usually used more like a filling to fill in the areas between cusps. They protect this area since it is vulnerable to becoming damaged by chewing and it is prone to becoming fractured.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
There are several reasons why inlays and onlays are a common treatment option. Their primary benefits include helping reduce tooth sensitivity. They are almost indiscernible and won’t change in response to changing temperatures. When getting inlays and onlays, more of the original tooth is saved than in traditional fillings. They can actually work to strengthen the teeth.