How Inlays And Onlays Differ From Teeth Fillings

May 9, 2020 - By Bruce Michaelson
How Inlays And Onlays Differ From Teeth Fillings

Dental fillings are a common treatment for restoring decayed teeth. The procedure involves cleaning the damaged tooth and filling the space caused by a cavity with suitable fillings made from resin, porcelain or even silver and gold. Based on the extent of the decay and oral health, sufficient amount of filling is used and sealed with composite material to set the structure. Once the material hardens, the tooth will be restored back to its normal shape. In a single sitting, the normal functioning and appearance of a decayed tooth can be completely restored.

Although dental fillings are very common, they may not be an ideal option for heavily damaged teeth. Sometimes cavities can cover a major part of the teeth, making filling a less suitable option for treatment. For such cases, Dentists prefer inlays and outlays that offer a more durable and long term solution.

How Inlays and Onlays differ from Teeth Fillings?

Commonly known as indirect fillings, inlays and outlays are custom made and may require several visits to the dentists. Unlike simple dental fillings, inlays and outlays are pre molded fittings that are created in the lab depending on the size of the cavity. Since the tooth is extremely damaged and a dental filling will not serve the purpose, Inlays and outlays are fitted to provide extra support.

Inlays and Onlays help aid the chewing function of a tooth. We use premolars located at the back of the mouth for chewing food. These set of teeth are more prone to heavy decays with bacteria caused by stuck food and usually will require Inlays and Onlays.

While inlays are for the inner part of the tooth, basically the pit, Outlays are for the upper areas of the damaged teeth, the sides which are also known as cusps.

The Treatment Process

This procedure will require multiple visits to the dentist. In the first appointment, your dentist will check and take impressions of the damaged tooth in the form of a mould. This mould is sent to the lab to be custom made and the dentist places a temporary inlay or outlay on the damaged tooth after cleaning it.

In the second appointment, the fabricated inlay or outlay is placed after removing the temporary one.

Why Inlays and Outlays are better than dental fillings?

Ceramic inlays and outlays that are closely matched to the color of the tooth offer a more natural appearance. Hence, making the treatment less visible and giving you a carefree smile. The treatment is also more durable as inlays and outlays are strongly cemented to the tooth. Since they are more reliable and with regular dental care can last for decades, you can be less worried about frequent dental visits in the future.

In conclusion, this treatment is a one time investment for a long lasting smile. For more information or to assess your options, our team of experts at American dental clinic, the Best Dental Clinic in Dubai is here to help. Visit and book your appointment today.

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