Restorations (Inlays & Onlays)
When a composite restoration may not be sufficient enough to treat a damaged tooth, or opting for a composite restoration as treatment, it has the potential to compromise the structural integrity of a damaged tooth, which then, inlays and onlays are often the solution.
Inlays and onlays can be made from various metals such as gold and silver, composite or ceramic resin, however porcelain has become the material of choice in light of its strength and durability, as well as its ability to effortlessly blend with the color of your natural teeth.
An inlay is an indirect restoration (filling) made of a solid substance, such as gold, silver (amaglam) or porcelain. It is fitted and then cemented into the cavity of the damaged tooth.
An onlay is the same as an inlay, except that it extends to replace a cusp - a crown is an onlay that covers the surface of a tooth completely.