Inlays vs. Onlays: Which is Best for You?

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your teeth until something goes wrong. And when it does, one of the first things you’ll need to do is see a dentist. If you have tooth decay, the dentist may recommend an indirect filling. But what’s the difference between an inlay and an onlay? In this blog post, we will define what an indirect filling is, explain the difference between an inlay and onlay, and provide a step by step analysis of how they are placed. We’ll also discuss cases where one restoration is better than the other.

What is an indirect filling?

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An indirect filling is a type of dental restoration used to treat tooth decay or damage. It is made from materials such as porcelain, gold, or composite resin, that are bonded to the tooth by a dentist. Unlike direct fillings, which are placed directly into the tooth, indirect fillings are made outside of the mouth and then bonded to the tooth.

There are two main types of indirect fillings: inlays and onlays. An inlay is an indirect filling that fits inside the cusps (top) of the tooth, usually over the chewing surface. An onlay is an indirect filling that covers one or more cusps of the tooth. Inlays are generally smaller than onlays.

Inlays and onlays are placed by a dentist. First, the tooth is prepared by removing the decay or damaged tooth material. Next, an impression is made of the prepared tooth. The inlay or onlay is then made from this impression. Once the inlay or onlay is ready, it is placed into the prepared tooth and bonded in place.

Which is Best?

Inlays and onlays have many benefits, including:

  • Increased strength and durability
  • Better seal against bacteria and food particles
  • Reduced sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Improved aesthetics

They are often recommended by dentists when a tooth is too damaged to be repaired with a direct filling (such as a composite resin), but not so damaged that it needs to be replaced with a dental crown.

There are several factors that will influence a dentist’s decision to place an inlay or onlay, including the extent of the damage, the location of the tooth, and the patient’s preferences. In general, inlays are used when the damage is confined to the chewing surface of the tooth. Onlays are used when the damage extends to one or more cusps of the tooth.

Inlays and onlays can last for many years, but they may eventually need to be replaced due to wear or decay. If you have an inlay or onlay, be sure to practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

In Conclusion

In this blog, we have defined what an indirect filling is, explained the difference between an inlay and onlay, and provided a step by step analysis of how they are placed. We’ve also discussed cases where one restoration is better than the other. If you have tooth decay or damage, be sure to see your dentist for treatment. Thanks for reading!


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Advantages of Digital Dental Impression Technology

Dental impressions have been an essential part of dental procedures for decades, allowing dentists to accurately and precisely create restorations and orthodontic appliances. However, traditional dental impression techniques have their limitations, including inaccuracies, discomfort for the patient, and time-consuming processes. With the advancements in technology, dental impressions can now be taken digitally, improving the accuracy, efficiency, and comfort for the patient. In this blog post, we will discuss digital dental impression technology and its advantages.

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Adjusting to life with dentures can be a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time wearing them. But you don’t need to worry — with some patience and practice, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of your new teeth in no time. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the basics of what it takes to adjust to your dentures so that you can start smiling confidently again. From how long it typically takes for a person’s mouth and gums to get used to their new teeth, learning how diet choices affect how well they fit, as well as finding helpful support from fellow denture-wearers along the way – we cover all of this and more!

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The Ins and Outs of Inlays and Onlays

If you’re like many people, you may not know the differences between inlays and onlays and when each is used. Whether you need one or both of these treatments—or neither at all—will depend upon your specific dental needs. We want to make sure that everyone understands what exactly an inlay or onlay does for their teeth, so here’s everything you need to know about these restorative procedures.

Happy Dentist's Day

Happy Dentist’s Day

Happy National Dentist’s Day! Today is a day to celebrate all the hardworking dentists out there who help us keep our teeth clean and healthy. Whether you love going to the dentist or not, we should all be thankful for the expert care they provide. Dentistry is an important part of health care, and regular dental exams are key to maintaining good oral and overall health. Thanks for reading and celebrating National Dentist’s Day with our dentists!


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