Advantages of inlays and onlays

Advantages of inlays and onlays

Posted by Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD on Oct 22 2013, 09:00 PM

Inlays and onlays strength and durability

Both inlays and onlays are considered very conservative restorations. They are made in a lab after your dentist takes impressions of your teeth. They typically last between 10 and 15 years.

Inlays and onlays can be used to replace large sections of decay, repair fractured teeth, or replace old fillings. While dental crowns are often recommended when a tooth is extensively damaged, inlays and onlays may be the better choice. That’s because they can protect more of the tooth’s structure, which keeps them more securely in place.

Inlays and onlays repair large areas of decay

Gold inlays and onlays repair large areas of decay, usually between the cusps of the back teeth. These restorations are typically made from the same types of materials as fillings, and typically last 15 to 20 years.

Inlays and onlays repair cracked teeth

Inlays and onlays are restorative dental devices that repair decay and damage. When decay reaches deep into the tooth, an inlay or onlay is the treatment of choice.

Inlays and onlays preserve more of the tooth structure

Both inlays and onlays provide an alternative to dental crowns. They can protect teeth from decay while strengthening the tooth. Inlays and onlays are more conservative than dental crowns, preserving more of the natural tooth structure. The treatment process begins with the dentist numbing the tooth. After the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove the decayed area of the tooth. The dentist will then create the inlay or onlay to fit the tooth. The inlay or onlay is then bonded to the tooth, restoring the tooth’s strength.

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