Inlays & Onlays

Cavities are treated using inlays. A dental inlay is a separate component that is manufactured specifically for the tooth, as opposed to a standard filling. Inlays are more lasting than standard fillings and blend in naturally with your natural teeth because they are made of composite resin, gold, or porcelain.

What might the necessity for a dental inlay be?

Cavities in the teeth are a typical issue. It's still possible to get them even if you maintain decent oral hygiene. Traditional fillings can usually be used to fix them. However, a dental inlay can be required if the rot has penetrated the tooth too deeply.

When the existing tooth is still intact, inlays function best. Your tooth may need to be fitted with a crown if it is severely damaged or fractured.

Inlays are a popular alternative to conventional amalgam fillings among patients due to their more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

A dental inlay is what?

An inlay is a type of restoration that lies in between a filling and a crown and is typically placed on the rear teeth. A custom-made solid piece of resin (or occasionally gold or porcelain) that is subsequently glued to the tooth is called an inlay. Inlays are more accurate than regular fillings since they are customised for each individual tooth. They can last up to 30 years and are highly durable.

What distinguishes a dental inlay from a filling?

Your dentist will remove the decaying portion of the tooth and fill it with porcelain or metal within a single session if you get a filling. However, fillings will eventually deteriorate and require replacement. Two visits to the dentist are necessary for a more extensive procedure like a dental inlay. Your dentist will make an impression of your tooth at the initial session, ship it to a dental lab, and have the inlay made there before being fitted at a subsequent appointment. Inlays are far stronger than fillings, which is why they last so much longer while being more expensive and time-consuming.

What distinguishes a dental inlay from a crown?

A dental crown completely encases the tooth. Fitting a crown is an intrusive surgery that requires portion of the tooth to be removed. On the other hand, an inlay is a far more straightforward dental restoration that lets you keep the tooth's natural structure.

What is the course of treatment for dental inlays?

Typically, getting an inlay fitted takes two appointments. The dentist will make a solid piece that fits perfectly on top of your tooth using an impression of your tooth that is taken at the initial session. This will be colour-matched to match the colour of your natural teeth.

In order to prevent further harm to the tooth, the dentist will clean out any decaying material from the cavity and provide a temporary filling.

When the inlay is complete, the dentist will use dental glue to affix it to the tooth. By doing this, a strong, long-lasting tooth is produced.


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