An inlay replaces the central part of the chewing surfaces, in between the cusps or raised points of the tooth. An onlay is used for larger cavities where decay has destroyed part of the chewing surface and one or more of the cusps.
An inlay or onlay is a type of filling that is used to repair larger cavities in back teeth. The reason we need to use an inlay or onlay is to restore strength and structure to a tooth, and where a normal white composite filling would not be strong enough.
Our inlays and onlays are made from porcelain and will beautifully and invisibly repair your teeth. The porcelain used to make these restorations is extremely strong and the shade can be closely matched to your natural tooth.
We will need to remove any decay and prepare the cavity before taking a detailed impression of the tooth. This is used by our laboratory for fabrication. Your tooth will be protected with a temporary filling until your next visit, when we will be able to fit and bond your inlay or onlay in place. With proper care, your new restoration should last for many years.