Dental inlays and onlays are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth on the biting surface. They are bigger than fillings and smaller than crowns. Inlays and onlays are usually made from ceramic, porcelain, composite resin, or metal. Due to their colour, resin and ceramic are now becoming the most popular choices for patients who desire a more natural looking smile. Inlays are custom made by a dental technician; therefore, it will require at least two visits to complete the procedure.
Your initial appointment for this procedure feels much like a standard filling, except once the decay is removed an impression (mould) is taken and sent to the lab technician to create the inlay or onlay. A temporary material is then placed until your next visit.
At your subsequent appointment, the temporary material is removed, and the dentist will show you the inlay/onlay in place before applying it with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth.
What are Dental inlays?
Dental inlays are like fillings and lie within indented top surfaces of a tooth. They are individually made to match your tooth’s specification and are then cemented into place.
What are Dental onlays?
Dental onlays are a more extensive reconstruction and are used to treat decay/ damage that extends to one or more of cusps. Onlays conserve more tooth structure when compared to a placement of a crown because their use requires minimal removal a tooth’s surface.