In simple parlance, dental inlays and onlays are termed as indirect dental restorations which give strength to a tooth which is already existing. Also called indirect fillings, these are manufactured in the dental laboratory and cemented onto the surface of the tooth or teeth in question. At times what happens is that a given tooth is too far gone out to have a dental filling placed in it. Also, it is not that badly off that it needs a dental crown or cap to cover it entirely. Hence, one is stuck somewhat in this mid-zone of sorts. What is important to remember is that placing a cap on it will do away with more of the original tooth and make it even weaker than what it is. A filling too may not help matters much since this procedure may cause the tooth to become weak enough to crack up soon after.
Dental inlays and onlays are more or less similar to each other. However, inlays and onlays provide a lot of strength to the existing portion of the tooth whereas a filling may weaken the existing, remnant structure of the tooth. An inlay is used when the remaining structure of a given tooth which is replaced is within the cusp tips. An only, on the other hand, is more extensive and is called as such when the entire chewing area of the tooth is strengthened up. These days, dental inlays are present which can be matched with the natural color of the teeth of the patient. At times, people are a bit conscious about the color of the metallic fillings which stand out and make their presence apparent. In a lay person’s terms, dental inlays substantiate the chewing surface of the tooth. These can be fashioned out of composite resin or even with colored porcelain. One can even have inlays which are made with gold. Inlays, however, levy a cost which is less than that of a dental crown.
What exactly does the treatment of inlays entail?
A dental inlay is manufactured in the dental laboratory after taking the dimensions of what is to be strengthened. The decayed or stained part of the tooth is first removed. An impression of the tooth or teeth is sent across to the dental laboratory. This is used for matching the color as well as the exact size of the tooth which too is treated. Firstly, a temporary restoration is done to the tooth, before the inlay work is done. With this temporary feature, one can continue with chewing functions which a normal tooth does till the permanent treatment is done. At times, and as of late, dentists can do the inlay work in just one sitting at the dentists. However, a point to be noted is that one needs to look after the dental inlays in the same manner as one would for a natural set of teeth.
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