Not every dental problem requires the same treatment!
Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, fill in or build up the natural tooth with tooth-colored resin or porcelain crafted in our laboratory to fit precisely within a patient’s tooth. Inlays fit within the space left by a cavity, while onlays build up the cusp, or edge, of a broken or chipped tooth.
An onlay will often be used in place of a crown when preserving tooth structure is necessary and is the most conservative way to fix a broken or decayed tooth. If you need damaged teeth repaired, inlays and/or onlays may be right for you.
Inlays or onlays can be considered an intermediate dental treatment between cavities and crowns. The ideal candidate for an inlay or onlay is usually a patient with too much decay or damage in the tooth structure to be successfully treated with a filling, but with sufficiently healthy tooth remaining to avoid the need for a crown. Thus, the intermediate treatment of an inlay or onlay allows the dentist to conserve more of the patient’s original tooth structure.