Dental onlays and inlays are restorative dental treatments used to repair damaged or decayed teeth. They are often called “indirect fillings” because they are fabricated outside the mouth and then bonded to the affected tooth. Here’s a brief explanation of dental onlays and inlays:
Dental onlays are restorations to repair a larger portion of a damaged or decayed tooth. They are designed to cover the teeth’ chewing surface (cusps) and extend down the sides to provide structural support. Onlays are typically used when the damage is too extensive for a traditional dental filling but doesn’t require a full dental crown.
Dental inlays are restorations used to repair a smaller portion of a tooth. They are designed to fit within the tooth’s cusps, addressing damage or decay that is limited to the tooth’s center. Inlays are an ideal treatment option when the damage is too significant for a filling but don’t warrant using a dental crown.
Both dental onlays and inlays can be made from various materials such as porcelain, composite resin, or gold. The choice of material depends on factors such as the location of the tooth, aesthetic preferences, and functional requirements.
Consult with your dentist to determine whether a dental onlay or inlay is the most appropriate treatment for your dental needs. At Cornerstone Dentistry, we will thoroughly assess the condition of your tooth and recommend the best course of action to restore your oral health and preserve your smile.