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Onlays and Inlays2018-09-05T16:46:20+00:00

ONLAYS AND INLAYS

Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays made from porcelain or gold are the most long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing way to restore teeth with structural damage due to decay or cracks. While dental fillings are directly molded into place in the mouth during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory before being fitted and bonded into place.

An inlay fits within the grooves that are within the cusps of your teeth. An onlay, the larger of the two, fits within the grooves but wraps up and over the cusps covering more of the tooth’s surface. An onlay is used when the damage is more extensive and the restoration covers the entire chewing surface including one or more tooth cusps.

The difference depends on the amount of tooth structure that has been lost to wear or decay. Your dentist will help you decide which is most appropriate for you.

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