Plastic Surgery

Inlays and onlays

What is the Inlays and onlays?

Dental inlays and onlays are a medium between dental crowns and fillings. They are implicated on teeth at the back of the mouth that has suffered a moderate level of decay. Inlays and onlays can also be placed on teeth that have undergone some fracturing; more serious damage will probably be resolved with a dental crown.

A dental inlay is a lot like a filling, with the difference that it rests within the bumps on the tooth chewing surface. A dental onlay can cover several cusps or bumps, and are larger than inlays.

The two main types of inlays and onlays are made from resin and porcelain. It is also not uncommon to see gold versions. However, the inlays and onlays are often more appealing as porcelain and resin as they can be colored to look natural.

Ceramic (porcelain) inlays and onlays are made from a tough, ceramic material which resembles the natural color of your own teeth. Many people choose this type of inlay and/or onlay as a replacement for their amalgam fillings.

A composite inlay/onlay is made from a composite resin which is white in appearance and enables the inlay/onlay to match the rest of your teeth. Composite resin is an acceptable choice of material for an inlay or onlay, for people who tend to grind their teeth or have malocclusion (misaligned jaw which causes problems with their bite).

The benefits of dental Inlays and onlays?

There are a number of positive points that are associated with dental inlays and onlays. Primarily they are very useful in the treatment of tooth decay as well as getting rid of sensitivity of the teeth and tooth loss.

Other benefits of dental inlays and onlays include:
-  the ability to choose natural coloured inlays or onlays to make them "invisible" so your smile will not be made more unattractive;
-  as the inlays and onlays are generally not composed of metal, like conventional fillings, they will not change in shape or size if the teeth are subjected to changes in temperature;
-  more of your tooth is maintained than with a traditional filling, which often makes the procedure more appealing and popular;
-  dental inlays and onlays can strengthen the tooth in question by around 75% thanks to the process that goes into producing them.

What kind of result can you expect?

Recovery period and recommendations

Possible side effects and complications






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