Inlays and onlays are used in different situations, and on different types of teeth, but they both work to repair the biting surface of a tooth that has become damaged. Like other restorations, such as crowns, they are made off-site in a dental laboratory, and then applied here in the practice by our professional team.
An inlay works in a similar way to a filling, and is placed inside the biting surface of the tooth or the cusp tips. They are most commonly used on teeth at the back of the mouth as they are designed to repair teeth with a larger surface area – such as those used for chewing.
Onlays present a more conservative alternative to crowns, and are used to repair the tooth cusps, covering the entire chewing surface. They offer patients a less invasive option than a crown when repairing damage done to the cusp of a tooth or teeth.Back to General Dentistry
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