Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used to repair large cavities in molars or premolars. They are made of metal or ceramic and are custom-made to fit the exact shape of the tooth. This makes them more durable and long-lasting than traditional fillings.

Inlays are placed on the chewing surface of the tooth between the cusps. Onlays cover one or more cusps. They are sometimes called partial crowns.

Inlays and onlays are a good option for people who have large cavities that cannot be repaired with a filling. They are also a good option for people who want to avoid root canal treatment.

Here are some of the benefits of inlays and onlays:

  • They are more durable than fillings.
  • They are less likely to shrink or crack over time.
  • They can prevent the need for root canal treatment.
  • They are more aesthetically pleasing than fillings.
  • The only time that inlays or onlays are not used is when a tooth has undergone root canal treatment. This is because root canal treated teeth need to be covered completely by a crown to ensure proper function and esthetics.

If you have a large cavity in a molar or premolar, talk to your dentist about whether inlays or onlays are right for you.

Here are some additional details about inlays and onlays:

  • They are made in a dental laboratory using an impression of the prepared tooth.
  • They are cemented to the tooth using a special adhesive.
  • They can last for many years with proper care.
  • The cost of inlays and onlays varies depending on the size and complexity of the restoration. However, they are generally more expensive than traditional fillings.

If you are considering inlays or onlays, be sure to talk to our dentists at Dr Dilip Dental Centre about the benefits and costs of these restorations. They can help you decide if inlays or onlays are the right option for you.

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