Dental Inlays & Onlays
When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged a dentist
will often use inlays/onlays.
What are inlays/onlays?
Inlays/onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. Inlays
and onlays are similar to regular fillings, but they are made at the lab
with stronger materials, that is why they require two visits.
Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays/onlays.
In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due
to its strength and color which can potentially match the natural color
of your teeth.
Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth, as an
alternative, inlays/onlays that are bonded directly onto the tooth can
actually increase the strength of a tooth significantly, they can last
for many years without problems. where the damage to the tooth is not
extensive enough to merit an entire crown, onlays can provide a very good