When Inlays or Onlays are the Best Options for Tooth Restorations

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Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used to repair damaged or decayed teeth while preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible. Unlike traditional fillings, which are molded directly onto the tooth, inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental laboratory before being bonded to the tooth surface. These restorations offer several advantages and are often the best option for certain situations where more extensive repair is required. Here are some reasons why inlays and onlays may be the best choice for tooth restorations.

Preservation of Tooth Structure

Inlays and onlays allow for the preservation of healthy tooth structure while effectively restoring damaged or decayed areas. Unlike dental crowns, which require a significant reduction of the tooth’s natural structure, inlays and onlays are more conservative restorations. They require minimal removal of tooth enamel, making them an ideal option for patients who want to maintain as much of their natural tooth as possible.

Customized Fit and Aesthetics

Inlays and onlays are custom-made to fit the specific shape and size of the prepared tooth, ensuring a precise and snug fit. This customization not only enhances the restoration’s durability and longevity but also improves its aesthetics. Inlays and onlays can be fabricated from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain or composite resin, which closely mimic the natural appearance of the tooth. This allows for seamless integration with the surrounding teeth, creating a restoration that is virtually indistinguishable from the natural tooth.

Strength and Durability

Inlays and onlays are made from durable materials that can withstand the forces of chewing and biting. Porcelain inlays and onlays, in particular, are highly resistant to wear and fracture, making them suitable for restoring teeth in high-stress areas of the mouth. With proper care and maintenance, inlays and onlays can last for many years, providing long-term functionality and protection for the treated tooth.

Conservative Alternative to Dental Crowns

Inlays and onlays offer a more conservative alternative to dental crowns for restoring teeth with moderate to severe damage or decay. While dental crowns require extensive tooth preparation and coverage of the entire tooth surface, inlays and onlays only cover the specific area of the tooth that needs repair. This preserves more of the natural tooth structure and can help prevent further weakening or damage to the tooth over time.

Versatility in Treatment

Inlays and onlays can be used to treat a variety of dental problems, including cavities, fractures, and old fillings that need replacement. They can also be used to reinforce weakened teeth or restore teeth with large, defective fillings. Whether restoring a single tooth or multiple teeth, inlays and onlays offer a versatile solution that can be tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient.

Inlays and onlays are often the best option for tooth restorations when preservation of natural tooth structure is a priority. These custom-made restorations offer a conservative alternative to dental crowns, providing strength, durability and aesthetics while preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible. If you have a damaged or decayed tooth that requires restoration, talk to our team at Feather Touch Dental Care to determine if inlays or onlays are the right choice for you. Call our office in Atlanta, GA, to schedule an oral evaluation today.

Posted on behalf of Feather Touch Dental Care

1175 Peachtree St NE Ste 1204, Building 100

Atlanta GA 30361


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