How a Dental Inlay/Onlay Works

onlay1This type of restoration is similar to a crown. The main difference is that an inlay or onlay is used to preserve as much of your original tooth structure as possible.

These inlays or onlays are typically a very strong, aesthetically pleasing restoration. When tooth decay has taken excessive tooth structure, including at least one cusp, your dentist may consider an inlay or onlay instead of a traditional filling. The main difference between these two options is that a traditional filling is done in the office by adding a composite material to be used as artificial tooth structure, while an inlay or only is usually done in a lab outside the dental office. Typically, you will be given a temporary restoration while the lab completes your final inlay/onlay.

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