Everyone wants a great smile and dental inlays and onlays can help with that. If you have a tooth (or several), suffering from decay and damage then either a dental inlay or onlay might be the right type of dental restoration for you.
Dental inlays and onlays are seen as the happy medium between dental fillings and dental crowns. While they do not cover the entire surface area of the tooth, like a crown would, they can still cover a larger portion of your tooth compared to dental fillings.
What are Inlays?
A patient may receive an inlay if the inner cusps of their tooth has decay or damage to it. Inlays can only be attached to the centre of the teeth when there is not a lot of significant damage.
What are Onlays?
Onlays cover more surface area on the tooth, often covering one of the cusps of the tooth. Onlays are for those with more severe damage to the tooth, and may even cover the entire biting surface of the tooth. This is an option for those who do not want a full crown.
The Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
- Dental inlays and onlays tend to last longer than fillings if taken care of properly. Sometimes, patients still have their original inlays or onlays 20-30 years later!
- Dental inlays and onlays can be custom made to match not only the shape, but also the shade of your teeth, giving you a beautiful and natural-looking smile.
- Dental inlays and onlays allow you to withstand more pressure from chewing because they provide superior strength to the tooth due to being made out of porcelain.
- Dental inlays and onlays prevent bacteria from entering the affected area, so there is a higher level of oral hygiene and you are not at risk of gum infection.
- Dental inlays and onlays are molded to exactly the shape of your tooth, giving you a comfortable fit.
- Dental inlays and onlays can be attached in one sitting, making them convenient for the busybodies out there.
- Since dental inlays and onlays are the more conservative approach to dental restoration treatments, less enamel needs to be removed in order to install them, which lets you keep more of your natural tooth.
- Most dental insurance plans can cover the full amount of dental inlays or onlays. While a bit more expensive than fillings, the fact that they are so long lasting makes them an investment worth committing to.
- Dental inlays and onlays are easy to take care of. Just like taking care of your natural teeth, brushing at least two times a day, flossing and going to your regularly scheduled dental appointments.
At Dentistry in Newmarket, we strive to provide any of the dental services you need for you and your family. If you are suffering from any tooth decay or damage, give us a call today! We would be happy to give you an evaluation of your teeth and help you decide the best solution for your unique dental needs.