Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and Onlays in Holden, MA
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that can help save your tooth and improve your smile. At our Holden, MA dental practice, we custom craft inlays and onlays using the latest technology and highest quality materials. If you need an inlay or onlay to restore a cavity or repair a cracked tooth, we can help.
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What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are used to fix damaged teeth that have been damaged by decay or have been chipped or cracked. We can also use them to improve the appearance of your smile. They are made of porcelain or composite resin material that is matched the color of your natural teeth. They are custom-made to fit your specific tooth to provide the best possible results. The inlay or onlay is bonded to the existing tooth structure using a unique adhesive. Once in place, it will provide strength and support to the tooth. Inlays and onlays can last patients many years with proper care.
Inlays vs. Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are two dental restorations used to restore damaged teeth. Both inlays and onlays are created using porcelain or composite resin, but they are different in their placement.
A dental inlay is a kind of dental restoration that is placed inside the cusp tips of the tooth, whereas a dental onlay is a type of dental restoration that is placed on the entire chewing surface of your tooth. So, which one should you choose for your dental restoration needs?
Here are some differences between these two restorations:
- Inlays are used to restore small areas of tooth damage, while onlays repair more significant regions of tooth damage.
- Inlays are less invasive than onlays and require less preparation of the tooth.
- Inlays are created in our dental lab and take a few days to be ready, while onlays are made in a dental office and can be done in one visit.
- Onlays offer more support for the tooth than inlays.
- Onlays are sometimes referred to as partial crowns.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays have several benefits, including:
- They can restore teeth that have been damaged by decay or have been chipped or cracked.
- They can improve the look of your smile.
- They are made of porcelain or composite materials that match your tooth color.
- They are custom-made to fit your specific tooth to provide the best possible results.
- Once in place, they will provide strength and support to the tooth for many years with proper care.
Inlay and Onlay FAQs
How long do inlays and onlays last?
Inlays and onlays can last you many years, but it is essential to practice good oral hygiene and regularly see your dentist for checkups and cleanings.
How do I know if inlays or onlays are suitable for me?
The best way to determine if inlays or onlays are suitable for you is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. They will look at your teeth and discuss your specific needs and goals. Based on this information, they will be able to recommend the best type of restoration for you.
Does this procedure require the loss of natural tooth structure?
No, inlays and onlays do not require the loss of natural tooth structure. On the contrary, inlays and onlays are designed to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible.
How are inlays and onlays different from full and partial crowns?
These are different from dental crowns in that they are used to restore small to medium-sized cavities. They are a more conservative alternative to crowns. A dental crown encases the entire tooth structure and covers the entire biting surface of the tooth, whereas a dental inlay is placed inside the cusp, and a dental onlay covers part of the chewing surface.
Can these restorations be used for cosmetic treatment?
Yes, dental inlays and onlays can be used as cosmetic dentistry treatments. They are made from porcelain or a composite resin that matches the color of your teeth to blend in seamlessly with your smile.
If you have any questions about inlays and onlays, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and help you determine if this is the best treatment for you.
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