Inlays and Onlays

What are Inlays & Onlays?

Dental inlays and onlays represent two different methods that oral health experts might use to restore a tooth to its natural form after it has been damaged by dental decay or trauma. These might be referred to as “indirect fillings” because they are made from a mold that are bonded on top of the tooth’s surface. At the initial visit, the dentist is going to create a mold for the inlay and onlay that will be customized to fit your teeth. After this, the mold will be shipped to a lab where the inlay and onlay will be made to your specific mouth.

Why Do I Need Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays are laid on top of the cusps of the teeth while onlays are extended over the rest of the tooth itself. These tools are used to repair mild damage and will help your teeth appear uniform, restoring a healthy smile. These tools could also be used to fix your teeth if the teeth are fractured or cracked. Any severe damage could require a crown.