Tooth damage, regardless of its cause, should be addressed immediately to prevent further complications. A tooth filling is normally used to restore both the normal function and the appearance of the smile after a tooth is damaged. Dental fillings can save the affected tooth from more serious problems, and from being lost altogether. However, in cases when the tooth filling is lost or removed accidentally, or when there is considerable damage to the tooth, dental inlays & onlays may provide a better solution.
If the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth is such that a dental filling is insufficient to restore it, dental inlays & onlays can be used as a solution. Inlays & onlay may sound interchangeable, but there is a significant difference between these two: inlays are used to fill in the damaged portion in the middle of the tooth, located between the cusps (rounded edges); onlays, on the other hand, are used to fill in more than one cusp, or the entire tooth’s biting surface.
During the treatment, only the damaged portion of the tooth is removed; the porcelain inlays and onlays are then customised to fit precisely into the area. The treated tooth is less likely to undergo decay once the restorations are in place. The ceramic material of dental inlays & onlays are created to perfectly match the rest of the teeth for a natural-looking smile.