Dental INLAY or ONLAY ?
It is interesting that inlays have always been a decorative technique. They are used in wood, stone, and jewellery. This is also true in dentistry where a solid filling is placed in the biting surface of a tooth. Whether it is porcelain or composite, inlays in dentistry take a designers eye when tooth restoration takes place. An onlay is distinguished from an inlay in that it involves the outer surface of a tooth as well as the biting surface.
What is the difference between an inlay and an onlay?
Dental inlays and onlays are similar tooth restorations in that both are custom made in a dental lab from dental porcelain or composite resin material. The difference between the two actually lies within the structure of your tooth. Most of the time inlays and onlays are designed to repair decay or damage to a molar. These teeth have cusps, the bumpy parts on the chewing surface of each molar. Inlays are designed to fit within the cusps and lie on the chewing surface. On the other hand, onlays extend beyond the chewing surface and over the cusps. Dr. Kaviani will be able to determine whether an inlay or an onlay is best for you.
Reasons for dental onlays?
• Fractured or broken tooth. • Tooth has existing large filling with decay and/or marginal breakdown of old filling material. • Improve the aesthetics
Benefits of Dental Inlays and Onlays
• Increase the strength of a tooth with respect to fillings • Alternative to a crown when teeth damage is not extensive • Porcelain inlays/onlays does not change colour over time
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
State-of-the-art CAD software allows us to design every precise detail of your restoration with the accuracy you’ve come to expect from us. It allows us to customize the shape of the restoration to exactly fit your specific clinical needs.
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