Dentists use inlays and onlays when a significant percentage of a tooth’s biting surface is damaged. Today, it is sometimes possible for inlays and onlays to match the colour of your teeth.
First, the filling being replaced or the damaged area of the tooth is removed. An impression of the tooth is made and sent to a lab.
Our dentist will then apply a temporary sealant. At a second appointment, the sealant is removed and the custom inlay or onlay is bonded to the tooth.
Inlays and onlays can be made of gold, porcelain or composite resin. They significantly enhance the natural strength of the tooth.
What is the difference between an inlay and an onlay? An inlay is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay extends out over one or more of the cusp tips of the tooth.