What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays serve to reinforce teeth after decay or damage. They can often take the place of both fillings and crowns.
- Dentists use inlays in a tooth’s center.
- Onlays are used on the edges or the surface of a tooth. These restorations provide many benefits for patients including:
- Tooth Preservation – Inlay and onlays can keep you from losing a tooth to disease or trauma. When applied, these restorations allow your dentist to preserve the maximum amount of your original tooth.
- Aesthetic Appeal – Unlike some fillings and other dental work, inlays and onlays are white and indistinguishable from your natural tooth. They are barely noticeable.
- Excellent Fit – Manufactured in a special dental laboratory, inlays and onlays are custom fitted to your teeth. This personalized installation means there are no gaps for further decay to take hold. Additionally, an excellent fit provides ease of cleaning. Flossing and brushing will be no different from fully natural teeth.