Similar in function to a filling, inlays and onlays are designed to restore functionality to a tooth that has been damaged due to decay or injury.
The main difference between fillings and inlays and onlays is that inlays and onlays can cover a larger surface area and are often used on teeth at the back of the mouth. An inlay is designed to fill in a cavity and is then bonded into place to prevent any further damage such as cracks or chips. Onlays, on the other hand, are designed to sit on top of the part of the tooth called the ‘cusp’ or the visible, raised part of the tooth.
Receiving an inlay or onlay is a very similar treatment to that of getting a filling placed and they are often made of a similar material – they can be made of metal, porcelain or composite resin.
As with all the restorations we perform here at Smile Design Dental Practice, our approach to inlays and onlays is an artisanal one, based in skill and artistry. Our highly skilled dentists bring years of experience and training to every restoration they provide, and approach each one as a chance to create a happier, healthier smile for our patients.Back to General Dentistry
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