Inlays & Onlays
INLAYS AND ONLAYS ARE DENTAL RESTORATIONS USED BY A SELECT NUMBER OF DENTISTS.
Inlays and onlays are a conservative alternative to full coverage dental crowns. Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer lasting solution to tooth decay or similar damage.
They can often be used in place of traditional dental fillings to treat tooth decay or similar structural damage. Whereas dental fillings are moulded 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.
The restoration is called an "inlay" when the material is bonded within the centre of a tooth. Conversely, the restoration is called an "onlay" when the extent of the damage requires inclusion of one or more points of the tooth or full coverage of the biting surface.
Inlays and onlays are extremely stable restorative solutions for the treatment of decay. The superior fit and durable material make inlays and onlays a stable choice that can actually strengthen a damaged tooth.