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Inlays & Onlays

Tooth-Colored Inlays And Onlays

Cavities are always a problem, especially given how our diets tend to be rich in sugar and carbs. However, you don’t have to get a metal filling that stands out in your teeth. Instead, you can get inlays and onlays made from a tooth-colored material. These repair the damage caused by a cavity but blend in with your smile.

Inlays and Onlays

You can think of a dental inlay or onlay as being midway between a filling and a crown. Inlays or onlays are used when not enough tooth structure remains to support a filling, but the tooth is not so severely damaged that it needs a crown.

An inlay is similar to a filling, but it lies within the cusps (bumps) on the chewing surface of your tooth. An onlay is more extensive than an inlay and covers one or more cusps.

Inlays or onlays can be made of gold, composite resin (plastic) or ceramics. They can last for decades. However, how long they last depends on the material used, the teeth involved, the forces of chewing and how well the patient maintains them with good oral hygiene and regular visits to a dentist.