Onlays and Inlays: Conservative, Beautiful Solutions
Strong, Attractive, and Safe Alternatives to Metal Fillings
Onlays: Onlays are used to repair severely damaged teeth. They restore the area inside the cusp (upper part of a tooth) and extend over one or more sides of the tooth. Because of their size, they are usually made of porcelain.
Inlays: These are used to restore a tooth from the inside. Inlays are a conservative tooth restoration, which means they require far less drilling and preparation of a tooth than a metal filling. Inlays are usually made of porcelain or composite resin, making them “invisible” in your smile.
Onlays and inlays are created in a dental laboratory from an impression of your teeth. Any shrinkage of the restoration occurs in the lab and is accounted for when it is placed. The final result will fit perfectly with the surrounding teeth and can be as strong as a natural tooth.