Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are similar to fillings and recommended for people who have a big cavity. The difference between onlay and inlay is that an onlay covers one or more cusps and corners of the tooth, and an inlay is smaller and does not cover the edges of the tooth. A custom tooth color (ceramic) inlay or onlay blends in with your original tooth color to complete naturalness. Inlays and onlays are less noticeable and are more durable lasting 3-4 times longer than a normal filling. To make inlay or onlay, it normally requires 2 visits (5-7days) since we have to take impression and send it to the lab for fabrication.
Benefits of Inlays & Onlays
- Protects the tooth from fracturing
- Porcelain inlays/onlays does not change color over time
- Tooth color ones give better esthetic appearance compared to amalgam fillings
- Inlays and onlays require the removal of decayed portion of the tooth leaving healthier tooth structure intact which help prevent the expense of root canal therapy in the future