Dental esthetics: inlays and onlays of different types

Inlays are a more effective and esthetic alternative to crowns, also called veneers.

Inlays are used to restore damaged teeth, usually molars and premolars, which have undergone root canal treatment, decay or heavy wear. Inlays are usually inserted in patients who suffer from bruxism, i.e. the bite is out of shape and it is necessary to increase the bite dimension. In this way, wear and fractures of the lower teeth are avoided. Inlays are bonded to the tooth to restore its functionality and esthetics.

Types of inlays:

There are two different types of inlays:

  1. Composite inlays: this type of inlays have two disadvantages. The first disadvantage is that they need to be polymerized with light, and because of this procedure, they suffer a small decrease that can cause some misalignment. The second disadvantage is that they are less resistant and less esthetic.
  2. Porcelain inlays: this type of inlays are more resistant than composite inlays. They provide esthetics because they blend in perfectly with the natural tooth. Porcelain inlays are almost non-wearing and are totally biocompatible with teeth.

Porcelain inlays are much better than composite inlays because of their durability, esthetics and compatibility. Porcelain inlays have a higher price than composite inlays, but they are worth it for their qualities and advantages. Inlays are pieces that preserve to the maximum the whole dental piece, for that reason it is necessary to make a good choice of which ones are better for our case.