What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair premolars and molars with mild to moderate decay, cracked and/or fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged enough to need something as extensive as a crown.
Benefits to inlays and onlays in comparison to metal fillings
Resistance to occlusal forces
Protection against recurrent decay
Precision of fabrication, marginal integrity
Proper contouring for gingival health
Ease of cleaning offers
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How are inlays and onlays done?
At the first visit in preparation for the inlay or onlay, the dentist removes the old fillings under local anesthesia and takes a digital impression of the tooth. Digital scanning allows accurate impressions that are crucial to avoid recurrent decay. The new inlay or onlay is made from the impression in porcelain. It is then cemented into place at the following appointment. The inlay or onlay blends nicely with the treated tooth and the rest of the teeth to achieve a natural appearance.