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Implants and Overlays

Understanding Implants and OverlaysWhat is the difference between implants and overlays? Despite following a strict routine of regular brushing and flossing, the teeth may break, crack, decay, or need repair. In case of a minor problem, the problem can be fixed by dental overlay; but a major flaw or a missing tooth needs a dental implant.

How are the Procedures Different?

Dental implants and dental overlays are two entirely different procedures of dental restoration. Dental implant is the surgical replacement of a missing tooth while dental overlays, also known as dental inlays or onlays, are used to repair a broken or decayed part of tooth by placing a reparative substance.

These methods of dental repair are meant to provide the patients with a natural look and a functioning set of teeth. Dental implants repair by employing a real tooth or real-like fake tooth. Porcelain is the a popular material used in various types of dental overlays; with an effort being made to match the colour and appearance of the missing tooth part. Porcelain overlays are more robust, long lasting, and natural looking than metallic overlays. Sometimes gold overlays are also used.

Dental implants provide a durable and permanent solution as they fuse to the jawbone in due course of time providing a stable tooth replacement. On the other hand, dental overlays are not permanent and usually need replacement.