Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used by a select number of dentists.
In certain cases, inlays and onlays are a conservative alternative to full coverage dental crowns.
Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays offer a well-filling, stronger, longer lasting reparative solution to tooth decay or similar damage.
These restorations are beneficial from both an esthetic and functional point of view. Whereas dental filling are molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are fabricated indirectly in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth by your dentist.
Typically, an inlay or onlay procedure is completed into two dental visits.
Inlays and onlays can be made from gold, porcelain, or resin materials. If esthetics is not a concern gold is the best option.
Porcelain offer the best esthetics and are often used in "the smile line areas.
Resin materials may be the best option for people who grind their teeth and for those with a misaligned bite (malocclusion).