Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. Both offer a conservative preparation that preserves as much healthy tooth as possible. They are a great choice if you have minimal to moderate tooth decay that extends into a flossing area, offering an excellent alternative to full coverage crowns.
Dental inlays and onlays are also used when old fillings need to be removed or replaced. A dental inlay is similar to a filling and fits inside the cusp tips of the tooth. A dental onlay is more extensive and extends over the cusps of the treated tooth.
Are you a candidate?
Ideal candidates typically have too much damage or decay in the tooth structure to be successfully treated using a resin filling, but have sufficient healthy tooth remaining to avoid the need for a crown. This allows the dentist to conserve more of the patient’s original tooth structure.
What are the Benefits?
Inlays and Onlays are durable. They help to strengthen teeth by up to 75 percent, unlike traditional metal fillings which can actually reduce the strength of the teeth by up to 50 percent.
Inlays and Onlays prolong tooth life and prevent the need for more dental treatment in the future.