Advancements in modern dental technology have resulted in the increased availability of several high-end restorations that look and function great. One such restoration is inlays and onlays, which are two very similar treatment options with one key difference. That difference is the amount of tooth coverage that each provides.
Inlays are placed on the target tooth but do not extend over the cusp or biting surface. On the other hand, onlays do extend over onto the cusp of your tooth and look similar to a crown but it does not completely encapsulate your tooth. Both are used when there is a cavity or decay present on a tooth that is too big for a traditional filling but too small to warrant the use of a traditional crown.
What Are Inlays and Onlays Made Of?
Inlays and onlays can be made out of several materials, but porcelain is the most popular. Porcelain can be color-matched to the natural tooth, resulting in a well-blended restoration that is indistinguishable to the untrained eye. If the goal is to achieve maximum durability, gold can be used and is the strongest inlay and onlay material available. However, other materials, such as a composite resin can be used as a more affordable option.
How Long Do Inlays and Onlays Last?
Inlays and onlays have a very long lifespan with proper care. Porcelain or gold inlays and onlays can last for over 10 years, according to Healthline. Composite inlays only last for about 5 years but appeal to patients due to their ease of installation and reduced cost.
Inlays and onlays are a simple and popular way of correcting minor cosmetic defects within a smile. If you are interested in inlays and onlays, call our office for more information.
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