Stopping or Dental Inlay? What Is the Difference?

Who can give the correct answer to these questions?

Today, many of us are concerned about their health, working out or going on diets, we struggle with stress or problems that arise in life.

Usually people do not pay attention to the health of their teeth. We appeal to the dentist or a dental clinic when we have pain or loss of teeth, willing to restore the aesthetics of the front teeth, occasionally for the prevention.

The objectives of our clinic include not only emergency care in any given situation the patient has come with, but also comprehensive diagnostics and motivation to prevent possible complications. Our goal is to provide complete information about the problems, and of course, the ways to solve them. It is the purpose of this article to let you understand why the stopping is not sometimes the right treatment for the recovery of the living tooth.

Orthopaedic treatment (prosthetics) is a complex procedure to restore the function and aesthetics of the teeth and dentition. It is because the  lost, destroyed, lowered in natural height or incorrectly positioned teeth can cause many complications and diseases such as joint pain, migraine, headaches, ear and throat diseases, problems with  the digestive organs, speech disorders, etc.

Why do we put a stopping?

The destruction of tooth usually by caries causes  the formation of a cavity which has to  be closed.

Let us remind you what caries is. This is a  pathological process in which the demineralization (softening of  hard tooth tissues) is followed by the  formation of a cavity.

The well-known solution to the problem of partial tooth deffect is a stopping.

The stopping is an artificial restoration, replacing the tooth defect.  Photocomposites nowadays is one of the most popular materials. But the technologies of direct clinical restorations (made by the doctor while you are in a dental chair), restoring your lost tooth tissues, have both positive aspects and some drawbacks.

Big restoration does not meet the requirements of modern dentistry:

  1. Functionality
  2. Aesthetics
  3. Hygiene

What is functionality and why is it important to restore functionality of a tooth?

Tooth is an organ, and its main purpose is chewing food. But in fact teeth are working 24 hours when we swallow saliva, talk  and even keep silent. Nature has given us a certain shape of the teeth, and nothing and no one should change it. After all, with the change of parameters of the tooth (height, width), complex unhealthy processes in the body take place, and depending on their complexity and the individual characteristics of the organism, we get  larger or smaller problems.

Here are a few examples. Between the teeth there should not be food left because it causes inflammation of the gums, the appearance of halitosis, the formation of periodontal pockets and eventually the loss of the tooth. When restoring the lateral portions of dentition, sooner or later we are faced with such a problem. The stopping is being built by layers, so over time it gives a minimal draw. Additionally, when working with photocomposite material in the oral cavity, difficulties arise with the presence of excess moisture, difficult access to the operating area; a big role is played by emotional load of the patient, since he/she has to sit with their mouth open for a long time. It also does not provide full capability of   processing the material properly, resulting in relatively short life duration of the stopping.

The same refers to the bite. Bite is generally a special issue in dentistry, as many health problems begin with the bite. And not always the cause of a lowered (improper) bite are crooked teeth. Most stoppings, put in different periods, with different materials and different dentists lead to serious problems. The height of closure between the teeth of the upper and lower jaws is measured in microns. To understand what it is, take a hair and try it on the tooth. When the height of bite is correct, you find that it is incredibly thick. In fact, the average thickness of a human hair equals 80 microns.

What happens with the stopping aesthetics over time?

In several years photocomposite restorations lose color and integrity. Thereby the aesthetics of the superstructure is lost.

Why is it difficult to achieve hygiene between dental contacts?

Because there is a lack of access to the entire surface of the stopping, and it  is impossible to polish the restoration perfectly, the rough surface being an ideal “matrix” for sticking microorganisms. In addition, the stoppingl is porous by  structure and therefore is the ideal medium for adhesion of plaque and germs.


This is a ceramic (metal, metal-ceramic) construction, made in the laboratory. It not only lasts longer, but also has a higher morphological accuracy, which provides all the above aspects and norms of modern dentistry (functional, aesthetic, hygiene), because the ceramic material does not change color, is not erased, is optimally adapted to the tooth, and is also bioinert and perfectly smooth.

The smooth surface of the ceramic minimizes the formation of plaque and tartar deposits, facilitates the care about  the restoration, biocompatibility with the human body and does not cause allergic reactions. The accuracy and stability of the height of the bite can be compared to a source of health!

Orthopaedic treatment is a longer process (7-14 days), but there is no participation of the patient in it, as a dental technicianworks with the removed imprint. Besides, normally inlays serve five times longer than stoppings. This is also the answer to the question why this construction is more expensive.

The correct solution to the problem leads over time to more lasting and cost-effective results.

Be healthy and pleased with yourselves!


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