Date: April 17, 2014 Richard Jones

Dental Onlays

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Dental onlays are used to repair the damage to more than one of the tooth cusps. A dental onlay is considered for more extensive reconstructions that dental inlays cannot deal with, with the dental onlay material to be placed directly onto the tooth cusps instead of in between them (which is the case with dental inlays).

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Benefits of Dental Inlays and Onlays

While dental inlays are used to deal with the damage between the cusps of a tooth, dental onlays are used to deal with more than one tooth cusp. However, dental inlays and onlays have more or less the same effect, with the benefits being as follows:

  • Majority of the tooth structure is preserved, since dental inlays and onlays do not require too much of the tooth parts to be removed unnecessarily.
  • Dental onlays, just like inlays, are usually made from material that resembles the appearance of the natural tooth; this is the reason why a dental onlay may be all but invisible to the naked eye, – no one needs to know that you have a dental onlay in place!
  • Dental inlays and onlays will not contract or expand as a reaction to changes in temperature, unlike metal fillings. The expansion and contraction can lead to fracturing or weakening of the teeth.
  • The structure in which dental onlays and inlays are created and placed make the teeth stronger by up to 75%.
  • Silver fillings can be replaced by dental inlays and onlays to create a more natural smile without the bothersome flash that a silver filling can sometimes bring.
  • Dental onlays and inlays are said to last for up to 30 years (or even longer!), making them win in the battle for longevity against ordinary metal fillings.
  • As dental onlays last for such a long time, the need for additional dental treatments is reduced or even eliminated – provided that proper dental hygiene is practiced by the patient.

Dental onlays can do wonders in preserving the part of the tooth that has not been damaged, and have the ability to serve you for decades to come. Ask your dentist about dental onlays as an option for damaged tooth parts, so you can enjoy that natural-looking smile for a longer period of time.


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