Inlays Onlays (Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments)

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Inlays Onlays at Marylebone Implant Centre

Known as “indirect fillings,” Inlays Onlays are extremely useful in the dental world for helping to repair slight tooth decay issues. They are both different and have uses that will vary for each individual case.

Inlays/Onlays-What are they?

As we mentioned earlier, both Inlays Onlays are used to help repair tooth decay or a fracture, specifically for patients who would have damage from a cavity hole in their teeth. It’s extremely important that this hole gets filled so there is no damage done to the nerves of the tooth which could lead to a lot of pain and allow food and other particles get trapped in there and continue to cause more decay.

For inlays and onlays, Dr. Santos will be able to get the job done quickly without having to make any invasive procedures.

For some patients, there will be some slight pain and discomfort so the dentist will be able to give local anesthetic to ensure that you will be extremely comfortable during the entire process.

Also if there is a lot of decay on the tooth, it will have to be completely removed before the onlays or inlays are applied.

These two procedures would be considered a permanent solution as with proper care they can last for 10, 20, even 30 years in some cases. The material used for Inlays Onlays consist of composite resin, gold or ceramics and will be cemented to the cusp of your teeth.

The Difference between Inlays Onlays

When it comes to the difference between the two procedures, inlays would be placed inside the bumps or cusps of the top or bottom of your teeth. They are also slightly smaller than that of onlays.

As for onlays, they are a bit of a larger filling as they can end up covering the entire chewing area of your tooth and even overlap to the edge of your teeth where they could be seen in some cases.

Onlays may be similar to a crown as they cover more of the tooth than an inlay would. For more information about inlays/onlays, you can always contact us here at Marylebone Implant Centre. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have concerning cosmetic dentistry.