Antalya Inlay & Onlay
You have probably heard of the use of crowns or fillings to fill cavities and damaged teeth. However, you may not have heard of other alternatives, such as dental inlays and Onlays.
Usually, fillings are used to fill small cavities, while crowns are used when the cavity is deeper or there is a larger fracture to cover. However, there may be situations where the filling is not enough and a crown is not necessarily necessary to protect against tooth decay.
Dental inlays and Onlays are what many dental professionals will use next if they need something “right” to fill in certain areas. They are more substantial than fillings, but not as intrusive as a crown, which may involve reshaping the teeth in some way.
In their basic definitions, an inlay fills the cavities and hollows of a tooth in the areas between the cusps. An Onlay will not only fill the cavities in these spaces, but they can work for a larger area, including the cusps.
They work the same as crowns, but they do not cover the entire surface of the tooth. They are both made from the same materials and both perform the same function, but they cover different areas of the tooth to properly protect against tooth decay.
Inlays are cast and inserted into the chewing surface of a tooth that has been damaged by decay or fracture. They are created using an imprint of the affected areas that are sent to a lab for manufacturing.
An inlay will fit perfectly into the hollow of the tooth, but will not affect the cusps. When the dentist takes the impression, he also tries to match the colour of the tooth as well as possible.
This way, when placed in the mouth, they are not visible. The material used for an inlay can be porcelain or composite material which is stronger and more durable than traditional fillings. This makes the inlays generally more expensive, but also more durable.
A dentist chooses this option when a filling does not properly strengthen the surrounding tooth and the cavity requires stronger materials to strengthen the tooth.
Onlays are used for decay and damage to the cusps of a tooth as well as the biting surface.
A dentist will choose an onlay when a cavity is too large to be filled with standard amalgam fillings or the tooth could crack due to weakness. An onlay will strengthen the tooth while protecting the cavity area. Unlike an inlay, this area can include the cusps as well as space between the two.
The dentist prepares the tooth in the same way as a filling, drilling the cavity and cleaning the area after placing anaesthesia. A temporary onlay is then placed over the cavity, and the impression is sent for a permanent onlay to be fabricated.
It is then placed in the mouth upon arrival. With an onlay, the structure of the tooth is preserved, while a crown filing and even removal of the cusps may be necessary. They are also made of porcelain or composite material.
Onlays are also called “partial crowns” because they perform a similar function but they only cover part of the tooth, instead of covering it completely.