Inlays and onlays are two types of restorations that your dentist can suggest if you have a cavity in your tooth that needs to be filled. They can also be used to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured if the damage is not severe enough to require a dental crown.
An inlay is a small filling designed to treat decay within the cusp, or top projections of a tooth. While on onlay covers a larger area of the tooth and is better suited to bigger cavities.
The most important benefit of onlays and inlays is saving damaged teeth, helping patients avoid the eventual need for more extensive treatment (root canal treatment, crown…)
Dental inlays and onlays made from durable, tooth colored porcelain offer more enduring and natural looking results than metal fillings. Many patients prefer tooth colored porcelain inlays.
Thanks to advances in digital technology (called CAD/CAM) porcelain inlays/onlays can be customized at our dental practice. Their customized nature allows doctors to securely bond them to the tooth surface, adding structural integrity and preventing bacteria from entering and forming cavities.