Inlay & Onlay Restorations

 

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Porcelain Inlay/Onlay Restorations

More conservative than a crown, tooth coloured porcelain inlays and onlays are two methods of restoring normal tooth structure after decay or other damage. Inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings because unlike a standard filling that is completed directly in the mouth; both are made in a laboratory and cemented or bonded to the tooth during your second visit to us.

Unlike standard fillings, inlays and onlays do not weaken the tooth structure, but will actually strengthen it. An inlay is done when the tooth structure replaced is within the cusp tips of the tooth. If the damage is more extensive and the restoration covers more of the chewing surface including one or more tooth cusps, the procedure is called an onlay.