Dental inlays and onlays are indicated on back of the mouth on teeth that have suffered a moderate level of decay. Not only this, but inlays and onlays are also advised for teeth that have undergone extensive fracturing but more serious damage will probably be resolved with a dental crown.

The two main types of inlays and onlays are made from resin or porcelain. It is also not uncommon to see gold versions. However, the inlays and onlays are often more appealing as porcelain and resin as they can be coloured to look natural. This often makes dental inlays and onlays a popular choice for those wishing to replace unattractive fillings that are made from metal.

How long do inlays and onlays last?

Dental inlays and onlays can potentially last for decades but depend entirely on number of factors. A key influence on how long they exist is the type of tooth and material that the inlay or onlay is composed of.

Other factors include patient’s actions after the restoration is placed including diet and oral hygiene routine of the patient. It is also important that the dentist is visited regularly to make sure that the inlays and onlays are intact.

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