Dental Veneers vs Inlays and Onlays

There are so many different dental treatments available for people today. It can almost seem impossible to know where to begin when it comes to selecting the right dental treatment. Luckily, you have experienced dentists who will assess the damage and make their expert recommendations. However, you may want to know why we recommend a specific type of treatment and not something else that you may have read about or heard about from one of your friends. With that in mind, we are going to take a look at veneers, as well as inlays and onlays, giving you a better understanding of each treatment and when it is appropriate. 

One thing that all three of these treatments have in common is the fact that they are cemented to the existing tooth structure of the patient, using a bonding material. They involve different approaches, and a recommendation from your dentist will be provided based on where the tooth is and the type of damage.


Let’s begin by taking a look at veneers. Veneers are placed on your front teeth, known as the smile zone. They will usually be used to address minor issues in terms of tooth shape or shade. They are regularly produced in a dental lab and are made of porcelain. Veneers can look very similar to natural teeth because of their translucent quality. They can last anywhere from ten to 20 years, so long as you look after them properly. 


Next, we have dental onlays. They are used on the back teeth for treating issues that are linked to tooth decay. They are made with ceramics, composite resin, or gold. They are used to fill the inner portion of the tooth’s chewing surface, plus at least one cusp of the tooth. They can be created by using either the direct or indirect method. They can last as long as 30 years, and you may also hear them referred to as a partial crown.


Finally, we have dental inlays. This procedure can be done on the back teeth of the lower jaw or the upper jaw. They are similar to onlays. However, the difference is in regards to where they are placed. They can last for as much as 30 years, and they are also made from ceramics, composite resin, or gold. They can be used on the back teeth of the upper jaw and also the lower jaw. 

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of the three different treatment options. They all serve different purposes and can be helpful in different scenarios. This is why a consultation with your dentist is always the most critical part. He or she will be able to assess the damage to your teeth and then make their expert recommendations regarding which solution is going to be right for you. 

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