inlays and onlays in TusconWhile dental filling treatments are the standard when it comes to treating cavities, inlays and onlays in Tuscon are fast becoming popular because of their durability and the fact that they ensure a tighter and more seamless fit.

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are dental works which are bonded to parts of the biting surfaces of a person’s teeth. An inlay is used on just one of the bumps or cusps which make up the biting surface. On the other hand, an onlay is used to cover the entire biting surface of a tooth. Basically, inlays and onlays are like dental fillings but they are only reserved to be used on the biting surfaces of one’s teeth. At the same time, they are smaller than crowns.

What are the different types of inlays and onlays?

There are two types of inlays and onlays that patients can choose from. The types include direct inlays and onlays, and indirect inlays and onlays.

Direct Inlays and Onlays

Direct restorations are called such because the composite resin material, which will be used to re-shape the tooth, will be adhered on the surface of the tooth and are molded right on the tooth. The main advantage of going for direct inlays and onlays is that the procedure can be completed in just one visit to the dentist. On the other hand, because this type of inlays and onlays are made with composite resin material, they are prone to chipping and cracking especially when they receive excessive forces such as when biting.

Indirect Inlays and Onlays

The indirect type of restorations, on the other hand, are called so because they are fabricated first before they are bonded to the tooth. To make indirect inlays and onlays, Dr. Fleming would first have to make impressions of your teeth in order to make a model of the tooth to be reconstructed which will then be sent to the laboratory. A lab technician which will then fabricate the inlay or onlay, to be bonded to the tooth in question.

Other than the fact that you would have to schedule to visits to Dr. Fleming to have the inlay or onlay procedure completed, you would also need to wait a couple of weeks in between until the restoration can be finished. However, porcelain restorations are generally more durable compared to restorations which are made with just composite resin material.

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