Inlays are a conservative solution for moderately damaged teeth.

Dental inlays are restorations that repair teeth that need more than a filling, but do not require a dental crown, to recover the aesthetics, shape and full function of the inlays are used mainly in molars that have suffered a deterioration at the surface level by mild or moderate caries, small fractures, or wear.

When the tooth structure has suffered severe damage that makes it impossible to place an inlay, the dentist will opt for the placement of a dental crown..

Crowns are caps that mimic the anatomy of the tooth and cover the entire damaged tooth. For its placement, it is necessary to mill the dental tissue.

Advantages of dental inlays:

Dental inlays have several advantages when restoring a tooth or molar.

  • There is less grinding of the tooth than with crowns, so more healthy tooth structure is preserved,
  • There is less risk of drilling or fracturing the root of the tooth, as can happen with endodontics.
  • Chewing strength and full functionality of the molar or tooth is restored.

Dental inlays, along with tooth and tooth fillings, are one of the most common conservative dentistry treatments, made of ceramic, can be used when there is extensive tooth destruction, caused, for example, by caries or trauma.

In general, they can be performed on most teeth, except when:

  • The tooth in question has undergone previous restorations.
  • When it has an anomalous shape.
  • When the tooth acts as a retainer for a fixed prosthesis.
  • When the tooth acts as a retainer for a fixed prosthesis.
  • When the tooth has an anomalous shape.

When the tooth has an anomalous shape.

Types of dental inlays

We can differentiate 3 types of dental inlays:

  • Inlay Inlay: it is the simplest inlay, since the upper part of the tooth or crown does not need to be repaired.
  • Onlay Inlay: it is used to restore the functional cusp of the tooth with which we generally chew.
  • Overlay Inlay: is used to restore and cover the entire cusp or crown of the tooth.

Today, various metal alloys, composite resins and reinforced ceramics are used for dental inlays. In addition, adhesive cementation techniques, which are key to the durability of inlays, have been greatly improved.

All this has allowed not only to achieve better esthetic results in this type of dental restorations, but also to improve their durability.

Although it is not possible to state with certainty how long a dental inlay can last, it can remain in good condition between 5 and 25 years, if basic hygiene standards are maintained to avoid the appearance of caries or breakage that weakens them.

When to have a dental inlay

Before treating a damaged tooth, your dentist will perform a careful examination. The type of restoration your dentist chooses to place next will depend on the extent of the damage.

Minor decay may require a filling, while teeth with more extensive damage require a crown.

Teeth that fall somewhere in between can usually benefit from an inlay. These restorations are often used to replace old fillings that have failed.

Your dentist will tell you what type of restoration you need and can help you choose the material.

We can fabricate inlays and onlays from metals such as silver or gold, or from tooth-colored materials such as ceramic.

Most patients choose tooth-colored materials because they give the restored tooth a natural, uniform appearance.

How dental inlays are placed:

Dental inlays are performed in one or two sessions. Here are the steps involved:

  1. Local anesthesia is provided
  2. The dentist cleans the affected area in case of caries and prepares the cavity in the tooth
  3. The tooth is scanned or measured with silicone and sent to the laboratory for the prosthetist to make the inlay needed to restore the shape with the chosen material
  4. Finally, the material is molded and placed on the surface of the damaged tooth, so that it fits perfectly into the gap.
  5. In the case of the onlay method, the dentist places a temporary inlay until the final piece arrives.

How much does a dental inlay cost?

To know the price of a dental inlay, it is necessary for the dentist to carry out a prior evaluation.

The budget depends on the material chosen to elaborate the inlay and the affected area.

Each option has its advantages and disadvantages that your dentist will explain to you so that you can make the most appropriate decision for your case and budget.

The difference between an inlay and an embedding

Although similar, inlays and onlays have two distinct functions. An inlay is used to restore the chewing surface of a molar. Onlays can restore the chewing surface and one or more cusps. A cusp is a protrusion from the crown of the tooth. Posterior molars may have four or five, while canines have only one.

Placement of inlays and onlays

Placement of an inlay or onlay is usually done over the course of two appointments.
At your first appointment, your dentist treats your tooth by removing decay and damaged areas. He or she will then take impressions of your tooth. Our expert technicians use these impressions to create your inlay or onlay in our on-site dental lab. The technician will craft your restoration with the material you chose. If you choose a tooth-colored material, the technician will make sure it matches the natural shade of your smile. Your dentist will place a temporary inlay or onlay to protect your tooth between visits.
When your inlay or onlay is ready, you will return to our office. Your dentist will remove the temporary restoration he placed and then secure your custom inlay or onlay in place. He will make any necessary adjustments to ensure that the restoration fits precisely to your bite.

Our Conservative Approach

At Raslan Dental Clinic we believe in choosing the most conservative treatment possible, as we preserve the teeth themselves for better overall oral health.

Putting a large filling in a tooth can actually weaken its structure and could lead to a broken tooth or root canal in the future.

Dental crowns require us to remove a larger portion of the natural tooth, making them less ideal for teeth with moderate damage.

With an inlay, we reduce the removal of tooth tissue, so we can preserve as much of your tooth as possible.

If you would like more information about dental inlays or to receive an evaluation by our specialists, make an appointment now and you will receive a complete diagnosis of the state of your mouth.

You can go by filling out the contact form on our website or by calling 937 656 788 or 669 154 020.

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We use the most up-to-date methods to provide you with the best possible care for damaged teeth. Contact our clinic today to schedule an appointment and find out if an inlay is right for you.