What are inlays and onlays?
Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown. This allows us to preserve more of the patient’s original tooth structure.
Inlays and onlays can be porcelain, gold, or composite resin and are bonded to the damaged area of a tooth. An inlay is similar to a filling and lies inside the tooth; an onlay is larger and sits on top of parts of a tooth.
When are they used?
Ideal patients for inlay or onlay work typically have too much damage or decay in the tooth structure to be successfully treated using a filling, but have adequate healthy tooth remaining to avoid the need for a crown.
Did you know?
Inlays and onlays are bonded directly into the tooth with special resins and can actually increase the strength of the tooth by up to 75% and can last from 10 to 30 years.
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