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Are Inlays and Onlays Right for Your Teeth?

Posted on 10/15/2015 by Sergio Ortegon
A elderly woman receiving an onlay treatment.Dental inlays and onlays are used to restore a decayed or damaged tooth. These procedures are used by certain dentists, and in some cases, they serve as conservative alternatives to dental crowns that provide full coverage. Sometimes called an indirect filling, inlays and onlays will offer stronger, better fitting, and long-lasting solutions to repair tooth decay.

Inlays vs. Onlays

The terms inlays and onlays are often used together, but these restorations are used in different situations. An inlay is used when a material is bonded to the center of the tooth. On the other hand, an onlay is used when the damage requires inclusion of one or more points of the tooth or to provide full coverage on the biting surface.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

There are several benefits of inlays and onlays that might make this treatment option right for you:

•  Fit. Inlays and onlays can preserve as much of the tooth as possible, making them a great choice if you have decay that has extended into the flossing area.
•  Improved cleaning. Since the fit will be tailored to your tooth, it will be easier to clean than a full coverage restoration like a crown might be.
•  Filling in tight spaces. If you have a cavity in between the teeth, an inlay can be a better option than a filling, as they will be better suited to seal the tooth to keep out bacteria.
•  Stability and strength. Inlays and onlays are stable solutions used for treating decay. The durable material used to make them is a great choice for strengthening the damaged teeth.
•  Protecting weak teeth. An onlay can protect the weak portions of your tooth without entirely reshaping the tooth.
•  Improved tooth color. Inlays and onlays aren't likely to discolor as time goes on, making them a better option than tooth-colored resin fillings, which can stain.

Inlays and onlays are stable restorations that rarely fail, so if you are interested in this treatment option, please contact our office to set up a consultation.

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