Inlays vs. Onlays: What Will Work for You

by / Thursday, 01 December 2016 / Published in Dental Implants

Family dentistry can take many forms. And not all issues are the same or can be solved the ways for each person. And as the prominent dentist in Redwood city we know that better than anyone. And one dental procedure we pride ourselves than seems to be an obscure option for many patients is dental inlays and outlays.

What are Inlays?

Inlays are designed to conquer similar problems as you would use fillings and crowns for. While crowns and fillings will place a soft layer within the actual tooth itself, inlays are a sort of fabric placed over the surface of the tooth to help shield the damaged area.

What are onlays?

Onlays are just like inlays, a soft fabric used as a protective barrier on the surface of the tooth, except they’re used to be placed on the cusp of the tooth to combat cavities or harmful decay.

Inlays/Onlays vs. Fillings

Sometimes it is a case by case basis that decides if it’s best to use an inlay/onlay procedure or a filling. But there are some very positive comparative reasons to choose an inlay/onlay procedure instead of a filling. First and foremost, the decay factor of inlays/onlays is much less than that of a filling, which tends to shrink during the hardening process.This creates gaps and the possibility of failure. Despite resin’s strong hold, depending on the stress placed on the tooth, the composite filling can completely separate from the tooth after a few years.

Inlays/onlays also have fair more precision of placement and can actual benefit your gum help to combat the ever lurking gingivitis. And while resin composite is strong, inlays and onlays have virtually limitless possibilities when it comes to materials which makes them versatile and customizable for your own teeth as well as your habits.

The only downside is often the price. But for the price you can have a lifetime of security instead of several months of recurring dental procedures to replace resin composites.

If you want to know more or set up a consultation with one of the best dentists in Redwood City, contact our offices in Redwood City at 650-367-8833

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